U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 316
Snowbirds learn to prevent RV fires
Each winter, BLM long-term recreation areas and other campgrounds in southern California swarm with recreational vehicle "snowbirds" from sun-deprived and colder northern areas. A group of these snowbirds flocked to Palm Springs for a free workshop on how to prevent fires in their RVs. BLM fire and mitigation education specialist Chuck Robbins used the great turnout to present tips to a curious audience of 45. The group learned about do-it-yourself inspections and do’s and don’ts while traveling, and reviewed safety equipment.
The presentation started with Chuck's PowerPoint program, including occasional breaks for door prize giveaways related to fire safety -- such as a fire extinguisher, smoke alarm and work light.
Participants then proceded outdoors for some hands-on learning. Each person was invited to practice use of a fire extinguisher on a real fire, created by a portable live fire prop.
Hands-on practice with a fire extinguisher and real fire, was a highlight of the session:
Fire engineer Aaron Lawson controlled the "practice" fire by remote, from the sidelines:
Setting up equipment for the practice sessions are (from left) deputy fire management officer Suzanne Rocha, fire engineer Forrest Peterman and lead presenter Charles Robbins:
And of course, the Smokey Bear items were popular:
The free program was held at 9 am, Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at Two Springs RV Resort in North Palm Springs.
For more information contact Tracy Albrecht, Interpretive Specialist
Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office
BLM California News.bytes, issue 316
|Last updated: 01-30-2008|