Today, Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark successfully completed the wildland firefighter safety test. By doing so, they will be able to more safely travel to firelines in the unfortunate event of a large or hazardous wildfire. Their efforts highlight the need to be safe and prepared in the face of wildfire throughout the state.
The Work Capacity Test is known informally as the ‘pack test.’ The pack test measures a firefighter’s muscular strength and aerobic endurance, and includes a timed walk and successful deployment of a fire shelter.
The risk of wildfire can change rapidly during the spring when warmer, dryer weather occurs more often. Wildfires can damage natural resources, destroy homes, and threaten the safety of the public, as well as the firefighters who protect forests and communities.
Last year, DNR had 764 wildfires on 126,108 acres on land that it protects. Of those, 533 were human-caused, about 70%.
Be safe and stay connected during wildfire season
- DNR’s Fire Twitter: http://twitter.com/waDNR_fire
- Incident Information System (InciWeb): http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
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