WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Firefighters from across Kansas and some surrounding states are in town for Wichita HOT, a training conference for local firefighters.
Wichita HOT is taking place on Friday, Oct. 7, Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9.
Over 300 firefighters from Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Illinois and Arizona are in attendance.
“I’ve learned a lot of stuff. It is like really efficient and makes me want to take it back home,” said Chloe Mears, a firefighter from Olathe.
Mears says she is working on a variety of things.
“Working on advancing hose down the hallways and tight turns and stuff, communicating with your crew, and putting out fires,” she said.
Wichita HOT is a collaboration between the Wichita Fire Department, Derby Fire Department and the FOOLS of Oz, a fraternal firefighters training organization.
The event started in 2007 with the goal to teach excellent, aggressive firefighting tactics to attendees who might not have the access or funds to attend larger conferences.