Wildfire Training at Quarry Park

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Mar 14, 2014 at 7:32 am

Stearns County hosted many agencies for a wildfire training exercise on Thursday at the Quarry Park and Nature Preserve.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division conducted the training for about 40 students who will be new to the wildfire line. 

Trainees came from numerous agencies like the DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, the Department of Transportation and several others. These groups respond to an average of 200 - 210 wildfires a year in Minnesota. They are also the baseline for national mobilization as well, and do assist in fighting wildfires around the country.

The hands-on lesson and practice was the culmination after a week of classroom instruction. Training consisted of five different hands-on situations:

  1. Creating and digging fire breaks
  2. Learning about firing devices to start controlled burns
  3. Griding and map-up patrol to find hot spots and fully put out the fire
  4. Using fire shelters for personal safety if trapped in a fire
  5. Operating pumps and water use, efficiency, care and mainteance of equipment

Though the trainees are guided on putting out wildfires, the main focus of the training was safety. 

Stearns County's Quarry park was closed to the public on the day of training to accommodate the fire safety training, but is re-opened today. 

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