Both state and federal wildland fire fighting agencies hire private contractors to assist in fire fighting. Dozer operators, supply truck drivers, repair crews and others not directly involved with fire fighting are called upon to enter areas which are in or near active fires. Every person who has the potential to be exposed to a wildland fire is required to attend an intensive training course about fire safety and survival.
8 trainers from CDF, Forest Service and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) met with about 20 contractors at the Bieber Memorial Hall this Friday. They attended a safety class for 8 hours of training required by law for all persons on contract who may be exposed
An important life saving device used a last resort in case of fire entrapment is an insulated foil covered survival bag which will protect a person and keep enough safe breathing air to survive if trapped. Each student was required to practice using this device which weighs about 4 pounds and is always carried with them. The intent is to be able to unpack the bag, climb in and get into a ground hugging position with a goal of about 30 seconds. This was the fun part after a day of listening to lectures.