Multiple topics will be featured including firefighter safety practices and processes, fire ground tactics, structure protection techniques and triage, mobile engine attack, progressive hose lays and sand table exercises focusing on improving communications and tactical decision making just to name a few skills that will be presented. Each workshop is coordinated by the Fire Warden of each county in SW Utah and tailored to meet the needs of the firefighters in each location.
“Our local fire departments are our front line defenses in protecting our communities from wildfire. This training is designed to enhance the safety and the skills of our local firefighters. Most of these skills are best taught in the field rather than a classroom. The workshops also provide an opportunity for multiple fire departments interact as they would at an actual incident” according to Mike Melton SW Utah Fire Management Officer.
This is the sixth year the workshops have been presented. The program was funded by the BLM and implemented by the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. The workshops were in danger of not being continued due to cuts in federal funding. The Utah legislature voted to fund the program this year ensuring the continued benefits to Utah firefighters and the communities they protect.