Friday, June 11, 2010

Lakeside Firefighters Take Part in Annual Fire School

Fires are set in the vast open spaces of Camp Pendleton
On June 10th, 2010, Firefighters from Lakeside's Blossom Valley fire station (fs-26) were sent to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton for a very unique training opportunity.  Brush 26 along with Engines from agencies all over the Southern California area took part in live wildland fire training exercises put on by US Forest Service.   The training is called Fire School, and units from agencies as far away as LA County and Big Bear City got together for some joint command and fire suppression training.

Fire crews respond, extinguish the fires, regroup and do it again.

Fire school is a large-scale exercise that is put on annually by the US Forest Service to build and strengthen fire officer and firefighter-level skills.  All exercises are planned, supervised, and evaluated by certified Fire School instructors. The training is conducted over the course of several days and the fighting of live fire is used to make the scenarios as realistic as possible.

 A "training" fire does not behave differently than a real fire.

These “real life” scenarios give crews the ability to perfect their incident management, progressive hose lay and handline construction skills while under the same conditions of a true fire emergency.

Firefighters attack multiple fires throughout the long day of training.

 Submitted by: Engineer Ian Lowe, Lakeside Fire District

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