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Stanislaus County Fire Agencies Prepare For Wildland Fire Season
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Stanislaus County fire officials are preparing for the upcoming fire season by conducting a regional training on May 9th-14th, 2013 at Modesto Reservoir. The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, Ceres Fire Department, Oakdale Fire Department and Modesto Regional Fire Authority are managing this regional training. The primary goal of the exercise is to meet the minimum annual training mandates for firefighters participating in regional firefighting efforts.

All of the fire agencies in Stanislaus County participate in the California Incident Command Certification System (CICCS), which establishes minimum standards for personnel including wildland firefighters and those who manage wildland fire incidents. The hands-on refresher training will cover a wide range of topics including, firefighter safety, mobile fire attack, hand-line construction, fire weather, and structure protection during wildland fires.

“The purpose of this training is to enhance our firefighters’ wildland firefighting knowledge so they can do their job safely,” said Deputy Chief Mike Wapnowski with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District. “Stanislaus County has already sent fire resources to Southern California to help fight wildland fires as part of the California mutual-aid system.”

Over 100 fire department and public safety personnel are expected to participate in this weeklong training event.

The training command post will be located at the west boat ramp at Modesto Reservoir located at 18143 Reservoir Road, just east of the City of Waterford off Highway 132. 

For more information regarding this training event, contact the Information Officer Royjindar Singh at (209) 988-8311.