Training flourishes at VFD

Professional firefighters Pat Vining and Ben Spaulding share skills, train Saratoga volunteers


Madeline Weiss

Ben Spaulding

Professional firefighters Pat Vining and Ben Spaulding both moved to the Saratoga area in order to work for Sinclair, though they have found a purpose as training officers for the Saratoga Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD).

"You can really make anyone a firefighter," Vining said. "Especially now with as much as we train."

Vining and Spaulding have been working as firefighters together since their time working in Eaton, Colo. Vining moved to the Platte Valley about two years ago, with Spaulding coming this summer and taking over some responsibility training volunteers in Saratoga. The pair...

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