Around Town: Feeling the burn

Murray Fire Department firefighters Scott Downey, left, and Jared Lencki push through a weightlifting session at Murray State University's Susan E. Bauernfeind Wellness Center. Downey said that training in the gym has become more and more important as fire detection technology has advanced over the years, which means that firefighters are subjected to extreme physical activity less frequently. Therefore, MFD has established mandatory weekly training requirements to ensure all of its firefighters maintain the physical stamina necessary to operate at peak performance when it is time to fight a fire.