Yakima training session adds boots to Washington’s wildfire defense

To help be best prepared for the upcoming summer wildfire season, DNR trained more than 250 new firefighters from the Washington National Guard and local fire districts last week.

The six-day training session at the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center taught new recruits lessons in wildfire behavior, proper use of wildfire equipment, post-fire environmental restoration and working in the wildland urban interface during the six-day training session.

“These guys really gave us their all this week. Training together out here this week will really make it easier to work together if we need to this summer,” said Bob Marshall of DNR, who oversaw the training session.

An experienced DNR firefighting commander helps train a soldier from the Washington National Guard as part of this week's joint wildfire training session outside Yakima.
An experienced DNR firefighting commander helps train a soldier from the Washington National Guard as part of this week’s joint wildfire training session outside Yakima.

DNR wildfire commanders provided National Guard troops field lessons in operating chainsaws, digging effective fire lines and using hoses. DNR provided training for more than 250 members of the National Guard at Joint Base Lewis-McChord May 6.

Firefighter recruits from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington National Guard celebrate successful training exercises.

After consecutive years of record wildfire seasons, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington National Guard to train 250 citizen soldiers with DNR to be ready for the upcoming summer wildfire season.

DNR will be training additional firefighters at Deer Park High School from June 18 to 26 and at Rainier High School from June 20 to 30.

 

 

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