Area firefighters gave up part of their Memorial Day weekend in order to receive certification in using the pumper on their firetrucks. Five firefighters in Knoxville were certified as well as one from Busey and one from Indiana Township. The pumper is the mechanism on the side of the firetruck used to pump water through the hoses. Knoxville Deputy Fire Chief Greg Higginbotham says the training helps keep firefighters confident and citizens safe. Over half of Knoxville firefighters are now certified to use the pumper.