U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
High School Drama Students Assist with Federal Fire Training Class
Continuing a multiple year tradition, drama class students from Lassen High School in Susanville used their considerable talents to help train federal employees aspiring to work in incident information, during an "Introduction to Incident Information -- S203" class held in Susanville the week of Feb. 7. A big part of the weeklong class is a simulation, the Pitchfork Fire in this case, in which the federal students work in teams responding to information requests typical on a fire or other major incident. That's where the drama students come in... (text continues below)
Dennis Benson, left, associate field manager for BLM's Eagle Lake Field Office, works with his Forest Service team members to consolidate huge amounts of information quickly flowing into the information center. From left, the other team members are Lara Polansky, a presidential fellow from Region 5; Anna Callahan, a visitor services assistant from the El Dorado NF; and Vickie Wright, an administrative liaison officer from the Cleveland NF.
During the three-hour exercise, the information teams are evaluated on their responses to nearly 50 widely varied situations including news media requests, offers of community assistance, a visit from a Congressman's staffer, demands from an incensed wildlife official, information requests from foreign reporters,rapid-fire briefings from the incident commander and suspicious phone calls.
The course is held at the Lassen National Forest headquarters and taught by a multi-agency cadre including Jennifer Chapman, a fire communication and education specialist from SF Bay Area National Parks; Lee Anne Schramel Taylor, public affairs officer for the Plumas National Forest; Scott Isaacson, fire communication and education specialist from Lassen National Park; Dan Merritt, a timber management specialist and incident information officer from the Lassen National Forest; and Jeff Fontana, public affairs officer for the BLM's Northern California District.
Jeff Fontana, Public Affairs Officer, BLM Northern California District, 2/16/11
|Last updated: 03-09-2011|