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High Desert District
Release Date: 04/09/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Trains Firefighters for 2012 Season

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in cooperation with the Rawlins Fire Department and Carbon County Fire Department, is conducting an S-130/S-190 firefighter training in Rawlins, Wyo. this week.

Fifteen students from the BLM’s High Desert District and the Rawlins and Carbon County fire departments will participate in basic firefighter and wildland fire behavior training. Students will also take the work capacity “pack” test, a three-mile trial which must be completed in less than 45 minutes while carrying a 45 pound pack. After successfully completing the course work and pack test, students will receive a Red Card which qualifies them to work on fire lines for one year.

Weather permitting, a fire exercise will be conducted at the Old State Penitentiary in Rawlins in an attempt to eradicate sagebrush encroachment on the historic baseball field. Students will learn to implement firefighting techniques such as cold trailing, dry mopping, fire line construction, engine and pump operation and firing methods.

For more information, please contact Zachary Hartshorn at 307-328-4321.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

High Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs WY 82901  

Last updated: 04-09-2012