FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2009
DNR announces firefighter training
OLYMPIA – Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) firefighters from throughout the state are gathering in Wenatchee March 17-19 to prepare for 2009 fire season, which officially begins April 15.
The 2007 Legislature approved funding to train wildland firefighters to manage Type 3 wildfires, which are the smaller and most common type of wildfire outbreaks. This is the second year that DNR has held this training in Wenatchee. More than 50 people are trained each year for the incident management teams that supervise and coordinate the response to Type 3 fires.
“This training gives DNR another tool to effectively manage wildfires in a cost efficient manner,” said DNR Fire Training Manager Joel Rogauskas. In 2008, Type 3 teams were used in more than 15 fires in Eastern Washington
Incident management teams are categorized as either Type 1, 2 or 3. Type 3 teams manage less complex fires. A Type 3 team is staffed with 6-8 people and manages incidents with typically 50-100 people involved in the response. Due to the smaller size of Type 3 teams, they can often mobilize and respond faster than Type 1 or 2 teams. The smaller team size also helps to reduce costs.
By comparison, a Type 1 team can have more than 75 members and handles the most complex incidents managing more than 1,000 firefighters and support staff.
Media is encouraged to attend and talk with participants about the training.
Where: Red Lion Inn; 1225 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA
When: Tuesday March 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday March 18, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday March 19, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Guy Gifford, Wildfire Prevention Specialist, 509-990-6218,
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule visit and interviews.
DNR’s wildfire mission
Led by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestland. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department and works with local and federal firefighters to help protect rapidly urbanizing rural lands, as well as federal forestlands.
Goldmark is the 13th Commission of Public Lands and the first from Eastern Washington.
DNR is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and disabled and Vietnam-era veterans are encouraged to apply.
Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Community Outreach and Education, 360-902-1122, email@example.com
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