BLM offering volunteer firefighter training

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Updated: 1/17/2012 12:02 pm
ELKO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District is offering training for individuals seeking to become or already are volunteer firefighters in Elko County as part of the Ready Reserve Program.

This program provides wildland fire training to rural fire departments to enhance safety, effectiveness and local response capability in initial attack of wildland fires in or near their communities.

“Rural and community fire departments are an integral and important component of our wildland firefighting community,” said Shane McDonald, Northeast Nevada Interagency Fire Management Officer. “Their first-response capabilities are crucial to the success of our overall ability to protect lives and values at risk. Their services result in a tremendous cost saving to taxpayers.”

Training for new firefighters all the way to Incident Commander, Type 4 is offered at classes in Wells, Spring Creek and Carlin. Classes are free and are scheduled from January to March.

Over time, enhanced training and improved local coordination capabilities will assist the development of local response organizations in many areas. These organizations will be skilled and prepared sufficiently to safely manage low complexity wildfire incidents within their jurisdictions.

For more schedule and class information, please contact Tyler Hecht (775) 753-0309 or Alec Goicoechea (775) 748-4052.

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