WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES * USFS COLVILLE NATIONAL FOREST
USFS IDAHO PANHANDLE NATIONAL FOREST * BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
INLAND EMPIRE FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION
June 13, 2012
Media invited to annual wildfire orientation
Training allows media safe access to local wildfires
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), USFS Colville National Forest, USFS Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Inland Empire Fire Chiefs Association are offering the annual wildfire orientation for area news media.
Videographers, photographers, reporters, assignment editors, and any media personnel requiring safe access to local wildfire incidents are invited to attend. Course participants will receive a certification card that will assist in the safe covering of wildfire incidents.
Training available June 20th or June 25th
Wildfire safety training is being offered on June 20th or June 25th, to better accommodate attendee’s schedules.
To better accommodate busy schedules, the training will be broken down into two segments this year: a basic training and a refresher.
Staff that have never been to a DNR media training will start at 9:30 a.m. Staff that have been through DNR media training (and just need a refresher on Fire Shelters to meet L&I requirements) will start at 11:00 a.m. Training for all participants will end at noon.
| Dates:||June 20th or June 25th. You only need to attend one of the two days.|
|9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
Refresher only is 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
| Location:||Spokane Valley Fire Department Training Center, 2411 N. Pioneer Lane, Spokane, WA |
|From I-90 and Sullivan, head North on Sullivan and turn right at Marietta (Fire Station 5 is on the corner.) Take the next right on Pioneer Lane and then next right into the training center. |
Course participants will learn about:
- General safety considerations for working wildfire assignments
- The elements that affect wildfire behavior
- Fire shelter deployment, including a hands-on fire shelter practice (wear comfortable clothing)
- Personal protective equipment requirements
- Wildfire safety principles including Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (LCES), the Standard Fire Orders, and Fire Watch-Outs
- Local DNR, U.S. Forest Service, and Idaho Department of Lands contacts for 2012 fire season
RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with approximate number of attendees for each day and if they will be attending the full session or the Fire Shelter refresher portion. If you know the names of the people attending, please include them with the RSVP, so that we can have their training cards completed. For additional information, please contact Guy Gifford at (509) 990-6218.
Janet Pearce, Communications and Outreach, 360-902-1122, email@example.com
Guy Gifford, Wildfire Prevention NE Region, 509-990-6218, firstname.lastname@example.org
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