Assistant Ely Volunteer Fire Chief Bill Botelho supervised three of his volunteer firefighters during their monthly training drill at the EVFD station on April 21.

Firefighters Don Rainey, Edgar Mendoza and Ben Tallerico donned full protective gear and self-contained breathing apparatus to practice gathering furniture and other valuable property inside of a structure fire. The firefighters then covered the items with a thick canvas tarp. The

“It’s a balance of personnel,” Botelho said. “Depending on the extent of the fire, and how large the fire is, it’s a balancing act.”

Botelho also serves as the department’s training officer, and the evening’s session credited the firefighters with additional loss control training.

Stephen Doty, department safety officer, also supervised the exercise.