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Fire District Three adopts Blue Card program

Jackson County Fire District Three is adopting Blue Card, a program that could make future fire missions more successful. (Genevieve Grippo/KTVL)

Jackson County Fire District Three is adopting a program that could make future fire missions more successful.

Wednesday was the first day Incident Commanders from Fire District Three attended training for the Blue Card program. The program is supposed to help commanders make better decisions when coming onto fire scenes-- allowing departments to save resources and potentially limit injuries and/or deaths.

The first phase of training involves 24 hours of instruction over three days. On Wednesday, commanders participated in classroom education and fire scene simulations.

The district says once the program is over, commanding officers will be better prepared for major incidents.

"We're taking our chief officers and we're running through various scenarios on how to deploy resources, how to manage the radio traffic, the radio discipline, and things of that nature," said Dave Blakely, Division Chief for Training and Safety.

Blakely says prior to adopting Blue Card, there was no specific way of handling fire scenes. The new program outlines a clear and consistent method of action.

He says come March, the district will have 29 Blue Card certified personnel.

Representatives from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District Five also attended Wednesday's training.

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