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WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES  *  U.S. FOREST SERVICE
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS  *  INLAND EMPIRE FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION


MEDIA ADVISORY
            
June 12, 2014
                                                                                                                                        
Media invited to annual wildfire orientation
Training allows media safe access to local wildfires

OLYMPIA – Fire safety experts from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Inland Empire Fire Chiefs Association are offering a wildfire orientation next week for area news media. Videographers, photographers, reporters, assignment editors, and any media personnel requiring access to local wildfire incidents are invited to attend. Course participants will receive a certification card that will allow them escorted access to firelines.

Wildfire safety training is being offered on either June 18 or June 19. Training will be broken down into two segments this year: basic training and a refresher.

All media who have never participated in a DNR fire safety orientation will begin at 9:30 a.m. For those who have already taken the training and only need a refresher on fire shelters, the start time will be 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.
 Times:

Basic Training:           9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Refresher:                 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 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.

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, safety zones (LCES), the standard fire orders, and fire watch-outs
  • Local fire contacts for the 2014 fire season

RSVP by email or phone to guy.gifford@dnr.wa.gov with approximate number of attendees for each day. Indicate 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 the 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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