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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington are teaming up to keep the area’s first responders safe.

Firefighters from both the county and the city are going through special training this week to help them better interact with one another in times of need. Since automatic mutual aid dispatching began more than a year ago, the county and the city have responded to about 100 combined calls.

The new training allows for the different departments to become familiar with one another so they can stay safe on the job.

“This training is important for us as we work more and more with New Hanover County,” Wilmington firefighter Carmen Delia said. “It lets us know about who they are and work with their equipment and also it helps them learn our equipment and who we are so it makes it overall a safer fireground for us.”

Firefighters from different stations within the city and the county rotate turns performing the new training. This ensures that their areas are covered and remain safe while the firefighters learn new procedures.

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