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MEDIA ADVISORY

May 29, 2014

Commissioner and Governor prepare for fire season
Annual test insures safety for elected officials while visiting fires this summer

OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will welcome Governor Jay Inslee as they both take the State Firefighters’ Work Capacity Test in anticipation of this year’s fire season.

The Work Capacity Test is known informally as the pack test. The pack test measures a firefighter’s muscular strength and aerobic endurance, and includes a timed walk and successful deployment of a fire shelter.

The Governor and Commissioner take the test annually in order to be able to safely travel to fire lines in the unfortunate event of a large or hazardous wildfire. Their efforts highlight the need to be safe and prepared in the face of wildfire throughout the state.

Videographers, photographers, reporters, assignment editors, and any media personnel requiring safe access to local wildfire incidents are invited to complete a fire shelter test. Before attending this event, media participants must watch this 25-minute fire shelter deployment video.

Photo and interview opportunities

 When: June 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
 Where: Capitol Lake, Olympia, Washington

Directions from I-5 Northbound or Southbound to Capitol Lake:
From I-5, headed either direction, take the 105 exit toward the Port of Olympia.
Merge onto Plum Street, and turn left at the third light onto Legion Way.
Follow Legion Way to the stop sign as its end.
Turn left onto Water Street.
Waterstreet Café and Bar is on your left and the park is on your right.

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

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