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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 287

Firefighters gear up for fire season

With the height of fire season fast approaching, Bureau of Land Management fire fighters are honing their skills.

Crews in northeast California spent three days last week training to use self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). While many people associate this equipment with city fire departments, some BLM wildland fire engines are equipped with the gear to give firefighters the tools they need to fight vehicle fires and handle other emergency response situations that can occur with blazes along rural roads and in the wildland-urban interface.

Absolute Safety Training, a Willows, California-based company, was on hand in Susanville to conduct the training course for 30 firefighters who staff six wildland fire engines based in Susanville, Ravendale, near Alturas and in Cedarville.

Below, from left, firefighters Devin Patrick, Pete Coates (an instructor) and Marcus Nino advance toward a blazing automobile prop. The self contained breathing apparatus protects them from noxious fumes.
From left, firefighters Devin Patrick, Pete Coates (an instructor) and Marcus Nino advance toward a blazing automobile prop. The self contained breathing apparatus protects them from noxious fumes.From left, firefighters Devin Patrick, Pete Coates (an instructor) and Marcus Nino advance toward a blazing automobile prop. The self contained breathing apparatus protects them from noxious fumes.

Proper fit and operation of the SCBA air lines is critical for the equipment to function. Below, Josh Root, left, assists Scott James with his mask, while in the second photo below, Jeremy Strait, foreground, helps Steve Guzman correctly fit his mask.
A fellow firefighter helps adjust the special air mask.
Two firefighers make more mask adjustments
Good teamwork is a critical component in firefighting. Below, the firefighters worked in groups in the SCBA drills.

Firefighters worked in groups during the drills

- J. Fontana, 6/07


BLM California News.bytes, issue 287


 
Last updated: 06-27-2007