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Seven firefighters graduate from West Plains Academy


Pat Smart was working construction when he decided he wanted to do something more than just sit at a desk. He wanted something “more active.”

“I took an ‘in the meantime’ type job in Spokane,” Smart said. “I started talking to the guys I worked with who were training to become career firefighters. They invited me on a few ridealongs and once I went, I knew this was something I would be happy doing.”

Smart was one of four recruit firefighters with the Airway Heights Fire Department who — along with three recruits with Spokane County Fire District 10 — graduated from the...

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