Papillion Fire Dept. Recruits Prepare to Cover La Vista

The Papillion Fire Department is just a few days away from adding the City of La Vista to its list of responsibilities.

With the change, 12 new recruits will handle the workload.

Friday, those recruits got what the chief calls a great training opportunity.

As smoke billowed out of a vacant home in Papillion, the fire department was there on the scene.

New recruit, Nick Kopp, couldn't wait to prove himself. He suited up, and with the others, went inside to fight the fire.

“It's exciting. It's definitely, your adrenaline gets going and you've kind of got to control your breathing and just maintain that you're learning in this experience,” Kopp said.

The ability to train in a real house was a big deal. The homeowner donated the property so the fire department could use it to train.

Bill Bowes, the Papillion Fire Chief, says with 12 new recruits coming on board to help cover the City of La Vista in addition to Papillion, the experience is an incredible tool for tackling real life fire calls.

“Put them together. Let them experience the teamwork that's involved because there's a lot of coordination that's involved fighting a house fire. Get them the feel for the heat, the smoke, and the flames,” Bowes said.

“In the real world, you want to do it quicker and you want to be on track to get it done, but it's a great learning tool,” Kopp said.

The Papillion Fire Department will take over the new responsibilities in La Vista this Tuesday.

La Vista is making the change to service from the Papillion Fire Department because it believes it's the most cost-effective way for La Vista to get the fire service it needed.

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