S.F.F.D. Wildland Fire Training 2006
By Jim Connors, Captain, DOT
OES/Mutual Aid Committee
On Tuesday, June 27th and Wednesday, June 28th, the San Francisco Fire Department participated in the Camp Parks Live Burn Exercise in Dublin, Ca. provided by the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Fire Departments. Departments from San Mateo County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Reno, and of course, the SFFD, were fortunate to participate in this great training opportunity.

The training consists of cutting fire lines, progressive hose leads, learning how to operate in light, flashy fuels, pump and roll techniques, mobile fire attack evolutions, and safety considerations when operating in wildland fire environments. The training staff is comprised of members of Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and Fremont City Fire Department. For those of us who get to work with the Fremont Fire Department, it is a win-win situation, as we get along very well together.

Over the two day training exercise, the SFFD sent Safety Officers, Strike Team Leaders and trainees, Mini Pumper 32, OES 248, and a total of 8 SFFD Engines.

We are most appreciative to be asked to participate in this valuable training. Over the last two years, we have received very positive feedback on our performance. What amazes others is that our members volunteer to go to this training, and are not paid overtime for doing it on their off days.

We hope this training will pay off in a busy, but safe, wildland fire season.

Photos by Jim Connors


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