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MEDIA ADVISORY
                                                    
June 11, 2013
                                                                                                                                        
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 18 or June 19
Wildfire safety training is being offered on either June 18 or June 19 to better accommodate attendee’s schedules.

Training will be broken down into two segments this year: a basic training and a refresher.

All staff that has never been to a DNR media training will have a start time of 9:30 a.m. If staff has been through DNR media training in the past and just needs a refresher on fire shelters to meet L&I requirements, start time will be at 11:00 am. Training for all participants will end at Noon.

 Dates:June 18 or June 19 – You only need to attend one of the two days.
 Time:9:30 a.m. to noon

 Location:

Spokane Valley Fire Department Training Center
2411 N. Pioneer Lane
Spokane, WA

 Directions:

 

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. Sullivan is currently under construction and is down to one lane of traffic.

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, USFS and IDL contacts for 2012 fire season

RSVP by email or phone to guy.gifford@dnr.wa.gov 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 name of the people attending, please include with the RSVP so that we can have their training cards ready. 

For additional information, please contact Guy Gifford at 509-990-6218.

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov  

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DNR Communications & Outreach Office
360-902-1016
dnrnews@dnr.wa.gov

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