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Preparing For Wildland Fires

By Lance Cpl. Dylan Chagnon | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 6, 2017

Federal and local firefighting agencies came together for an annual Fire School aboard Camp Pendleton, June 5 to June 9, 2017.

The school gives firefighters the opportunity to work together and train using live fire in a controlled environment.

“This exercise provides the opportunity for them to practice their response methods in a safe manner and this installation gives us the real estate to do just that,” said John Crook, Deputy Chief of Training, Camp Pendleton Fire Department.

The US Forest Service, Camp Pendleton Fire Department, CAL FIRE, Orange County Fire Authority and numerous local San Diego County fire agencies participated.

The training sharpened their skills in radio communication, fire behavior and suppression methods and allowed them to learn to work together as one organization.

“It’s realistic; it’s what they’re going to see when they go out and fight fires in the summertime,” said Crook. “It allows the agencies to learn who each other are so when it comes time for real firefighting to take place, we are all aware of what we are able to do together.”

This year’s fire school was hosted earlier than prior years due to the heavy winter rain causing an excess in the vegetation throughout the region. The Fire School is just one part in the training that takes place throughout the year in preparing local fire agencies for the summer fire season.

How Can You Prepare Your Home for a Wildfire?
To create a 30-50 foot safety zone around your home:

  • Clear the area of all flammable vegetation, including dry leaves and branches. 
  • Remove vines from the side of your home.
  • Regularly dispose of trash at approved sites.
  • Store gasoline and oily rags in proper safety cans.
  • Regularly clean roof and gutters of debris.
  • Inspect chimneys at least twice a year.
Learn more here. 



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