Friday, May 6, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Get Ready for Wildland Fire Season

Lakeside, CA -

Lakeside along with other Central Zone fire agencies will be busy this month preparing for the upcoming wildland fire season. This annual training, known as RT-130, involves both a classroom and manipulative drill and satisfies a mandatory training requirement for firefighters who will be deployed on wildand fire incidents. The focus of the training is firefighter safety and includes practice in deploying a wildland fire shelter. These shelters are used as a last resort for firefighters who become trapped or burned-over during a wildland fire incident.

While it is vitally important that we are prepared for the inevitable fire season, it is equally important that our local residents are also prepared. One of the best ways residents can help firefighters is to provide 100 feet of defensible space around residences. For an excellent resource on on wildfire preparedness, CLICK HERE.

Local agencies that attended today's drill included San Miguel Fire (Br14, Br23, B6), La Mesa Fire (T11), El Cajon Fire (E9), Santee Fire (E5, M5, 4201), Viejas Fire (Br225), and Lakeside Fire (E3, M3). The drill was facilitated by Battalion Chief Steve Swaney (Heartland Fire & Rescue) and Engineer Nick Nava (Viejas Fire).

Firefighters conduct an "after-action review" of the drill.

Several Central Zone agencies attended the drill.

Story and photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.

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