News from Kamloops

June 4, 2015

Wildfire Management Branch Training

Kamloops, B.C. – On June 5, 2015, Kamloops Fire Rescue will be hosting a joint training event for fire fighters from B.C.’s Wildfire Management Branch.

This training will cover how structural fire fighters respond to and identify the accompanying hazards of car fires, garbage can fires, structure fires and structure protection during a wildland urban interface fire. Wildfire Management Branch personnel will be instructing structural crews on chainsaw operations in forestry specific situations, as well as how to operate pressure pumps. As both agencies respond to several interface wildfires over the course of the summer months, expertise is required in both firefighting areas to be successful in fire suppression efforts.

Kamloops Fire Rescue and B.C. Wildfire Management Branch have a very close working relationship in our community. With events like this strengthening our partnership, we are able to provide a better service to the people of our community.

Steve Butchart, Chief of Training for Kamloops Fire Rescue said, “Training opportunities like this are invaluable. They provide the opportunity for each organization to showcase their skill sets. This way when it comes time for the real event we understand what each agency can contribute.”

BC Wildfire Management Branch’s Forest Protection Officer Hugh Murdoch commented, ”It’s important that we make the opportunity to train together prior to a busy fire season when we will be working side by side. Tomorrow’s is just one of the many that we are taking in order to prepare for this fire season.”

Media are encouraged to attend:
Friday, June 5, 2015
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Kamloops Fire Rescue Training Centre (Bunker Road)
Map: http://firechaplains.org/Resources/Documents/Training%20Events/Kamloops/KFR%20Training%20Site%20Map.pdf

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Media Contacts:

Sheldon Guertin, Captain
Kamloops Fire Rescue
sguertin@kamloops.ca
778-257-1343

Melissa Klassen, Information Officer
BC Wildfire Management Branch
Melissa.Klassen@gov.bc.ca
250-554-5530