Friday, April 17, 2015

Area Firefighters Conduct High Rise Fire Drill

Barona, Calif.

Firefighters from several San Diego County fire departments had a unique training opportunity over three days in April, 2015. They participated in a simulated fire in a high rise hotel occupancy at the Barona Resort and Casino. The comprehensive drill, put together by the Barona Fire Department, allowed firefighters the opportunity to practice the many different skills and operations required to mitigate this type of emergency incident. Skills practiced included incident command, fire attack, search and rescue, truck aerial operations, sprinkler system support, lobby control, staging area operations, ventilation. This drill also reinforced the strong regional interagency cooperation that San Diego County fire agencies are known for.

Fire agencies participating in the drill included: Barona, Lakeside, Ramona, Santee, Heartland Fire-Rescue, Sycuan, Viejas, Bonita, and San Miguel. The Lakeside Fire District Logistics Volunteers (LVG) provided incident support. Additionally, many staff members from the Barona Resort and Casino provided support and expertise.

We would like to acknowledge the Barona Resort and Casino for providing access to their facility for this unique and invaluable training opportunity.

Barona firefighters remove simulated "victim" via aerial ladder.

Firefighters attend incident briefing before the drill.
Lakeside LVGs providing incident support.

Firefighters discuss lessons learned at the A.A.R.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Jack Williams, Lakeside Logistics Volunteer

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