By JENNIFER FINKSTADT Dallas, Texas—The fire department is training new firefighting specialists in the Dallas area.
The city has an estimated 1,500 fire fighters who have been training for more than a decade, with a training schedule that includes several weeks in a training facility.
Dallas Firefighters are also getting more of a chance to compete against other fire departments in the region.
The fire fighting corps, known as DFW-Firefighters, began in 1994, and has since been awarded numerous medals.
In March, the department became the first in the country to earn a gold medal for the role it has played in fighting fires.
The corps’ chief, Lt.
Jeff Smith, says the training program has given the department a chance for more veteran-like performance.
The DFW firefighters are working with other departments across the state, and also working with local fire departments.
They are training to become part of an international team, Smith said.
The Dallas Fire Department is one of the largest in the nation, with about 1,400 members and a budget of $1.2 billion.
The department was founded in 1964, and the first battalion was created in 1973.