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News.bytesNews.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:
A member of the class takes a fire extinguisher to a real - if controlled - fire.
Stretching to hit the base of the fire

Fire engineer Aaron Lawson controlled the "practice" fire by remote, from the sidelines:
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:
Setting up equipment (from left) are deputy fire management officer Suzanne Rocha, fire engineer Forrest Peterman and lead presenter Charles Robbins

And of course, the Smokey Bear items were popular:
Smokey Bear items on giveaway table include stickers, bag clips and comic book

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

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BLM California News.bytes, issue 316


 
Last updated: 01-30-2008