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Barrow introduces unique method to teaching firefighters

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

WINDER -- Officials are calling an innovative, online class recently aced by firefighters a feather in the cap of Barrow County Emergency Services.

The department completed a National Professional Qualification class called Fire Instructor 1 on Feb. 22.

Officials with Georgia Fire Academy and the Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council assisted in putting the lesson portion of the class on Barrow's new training Web site, called Haiku.

The department subsequently became Georgia's first to offer the class through online learning, said department spokesman Lt. Scott Dakin.

Barrow firefighters were joined in their studies by Hall, Jackson counties, and Johns Creek department personnel. The online program allowed firefighters to remain in their coverage areas for a majority of the class.

The class boasted a 100 percent passing rate, Dakin said.

The Fire Instructor 1 class acted as a trial run for the department's new Haiku Web site, said Lt. Richard Carignan, the class' lead instructor.

"With using this new Web site, we can offer not only local classes but work with the state in offering other state and national classes," Carignan said in a release. "This class has helped put Barrow County in a leadership role in training in Georgia."