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Several husband and wife duos fight fire together

By: Jackalyn Kovac

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. -- Close to 10 fire departments participated in Sunday's fire training session at Cambria County Fire School in Patton.

Two departments had several couples working together toward certification.

Since the beginning of January, Mariah Kline, of Loretto, has been spending every weekend to learn about firefighter safety and fire fighting. Her husband is already a volunteer firefighter and has been helping her out with her training.

"At first it was scary, but after I joined I learned what he does and I got over the fact of being scared," says Kline.

The Klines weren't the only couple training Sunday, three other couples from Ashville Fire Company were also participating in the course together.

"There's going to be three married couples at Ashville Fire Company with Firefighter 1 Certification or higher," said Steve Cass.

The couples work together, husbands coaching and supporting their wives on the safety methods they've been taught.

"The fact that we are married, we can understand each other a little bit better than people who've been thrown together as part of a team," said Bill Kline. "If I see her starting to have trouble or she starts to see me have trouble, we can help each other out a bit more than a normal crew might be able to."

All of the couples told 6 News training together, as volunteers and husband and wife, has brought them closer as a couple.

"We were looking for something to do together and this, we couldn't ask for anything more exciting," said Amy Cass.

The couples will be tested on their training, and if they pass, will receive a Firefighter 1 Certification.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times