Floyd County firefighters sharpen driving skills

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - About a dozen firefighters from various departments in Floyd County spent yesterday training at Betsy Layne High School.

It was not the training you typically think about firefighters going through, this one was a driving course required by the state.

Participants drove through an obstacle course simulating different situations.

Lonzie Blankenship from the Betsy Layne Fire Department says they, “Want you to be able to react if you're on the highway and get in a situation you need to react to. We use the term ‘do regard’. Treat people how you want to be treated, even if light is green slow down, even if running lights and sirens.”

The course focused on driving personal vehicles since the departments are volunteer.

Officials say many firefighters respond to calls in their own vehicles.

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