International Firefighters Visit Reno for Training

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Updated: 6/21/2013 5:29 pm
RENO, Nev. --(KRNV & year, firefighters from around the world can pick one city to visit for fire training. This year, firefighters from Belgium and Holland picked Reno.

"It's the biggest little city in the world, we like it," says Alns Paovost, a volunteer firefighter in Belgium.

For years, he has wanted to come to the U.S. to see how fire departments operate.

He says Reno was his top choice after he learned how the Reno Fire Department handled the Caughin fire, Washoe Drive fire and the air races tragedy.

Six firefighters from Belgium and two from Holland have spent the past week at four different Reno fire stations. We stopped by station three.

"This week we don't have any brush fires we have to wait, maybe Saturday or Sunday," says Paovost.

Division Chief Tim Spencer says the three firefighters at station three have done everyday business-everything from ride alongs, to building inspections, to special event inspections.

"We're honored to have them. They do this every year, they've been to Dallas, New Orleans different cities in California, all over the country. It was very nice that they decided to come here to Reno," says District Chief Spencer.

"A lot of people want to go to different stations in America and sometimes you have to wait a lot of years to come on this trip to America," says Kristof Piu a volunteer firefighter in Belgium.

Piu says there are a few things that are different here in Reno,  he says the fire trucks in Belgium aren't as big and the uniforms are different.

Kristof says in Belgium the fire department doesn't respond to medical emergencies, but fire protection is the same.

He says he's glad he had the experience of learning from the firefighters at station three.

"I'm going to miss Reno, definitely, we had a good time here, there were nice people, they took good care of us we'll go tell them about the fire department here, how to do stuff," says Piu.

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