Wildfire season is upon us. The Upper Snake Interagency Wildfire Group held a wildfire simulation workshop to prepare firefighters for the worst.
“By my count, there are 14 agencies that are represented here today, and I think there’s somewhere between 80 and 100 firefighters taking part in the exercise,” BLM Fire Mitigation/Education Manager Kevin Conran said.
The goal of the day was to prepare fire personnel for any challenges they might face in the line of duty.
Crews took it outside to practice wildfire suppression strategies and EMS skills in a series of different practice stations.
The fire crews got the chance to practice their structure protection tactics during a test-run in a Menan neighborhood.
“Often times we only have minutes in real life to make these calls,” Conran said. “It’s important that you know what to look for and what makes a structure vulnerable so you can go about defending it.”
The teams were also able to pull off a simulation on a smaller scale. Using a sand table to design a wildfire scenario and then develop their communication skills by engaging multiple departments to control and extinguish the mock-fire.
“It’s fun, but on the other hand, it really does serve a purpose,” Conran said.