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Wildland fire crews to train, recertify before fire season begins

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ORACLE, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In preparation for whatcould be a busy wildfire season, due to dry conditions - about 200 firefightersfrom across Southern Arizona will be going through drills and training thismorning.

Interagency WildlandTraining, hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona State Forestry Division will take place in Oracle with fire crews fromNorthwest Fire District, Eloy Fire District, Casa Grande Fire Department,Golder Ranch Fire District and Oracle Fire Department. 

The goal for the training,giving wildland firefighters an opportunity to review critical safety standardsand to be recertified in techniques used during state and national deployments.

The firefighters will gothrough four different training exercises, which will include proceduresdesigned to save structures when wildland fires threaten homes; chainsaw useand safety refresher; a review of techniques used to soak buildings andlandscapes to make them less likely to ignite in a wildfire; and deployment ofemergency fire shelters - the last resort for a wildland firefighter.

Training should begin thismorning by 8 a.m.  This will be the thirdyear for this type of training for wildland firefighters in Southern Arizona.

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