Interagency wildland drill held in Oracle

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

San Manuel Miner

Close to 200 firefighters from Southern Arizona participated in a series of training exercises in Oracle last week. The training was utilized to prepare firefighters for the upcoming wildfire season. The exercise was hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Forestry Division, and several local fire agencies from Pima and Pinal Counties. These included the Northwest Fire District, Eloy Fire District, Golder Ranch Fire District, Pinal Rural Fire Department and the Oracle Fire Department.

Wildland members from the Pima and Pinal County Wildland Team from the Southeast Zone took part in the exercise. These are the firefighters that would respond to the Oracle area if there was a wildfire. The drill exercises provided wildland firefighters refresher and certification training which included chainsaw use; deployment of emergency fire shelters; wildland/urban interface triage; and deployment of sprinkler systems and drafting operations.

Michelle Fidler, public information officer said the drill allows the firefighters to get to know each other, strengthen their relationships, and to learn more about the terrain of the area. They also familiarize themselves with different locations in Oracle. The interagency training comes at a time when fire conditions are high due to the warm winter and low rainfall this year.

John Hernandez (493 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Farmers Market returns to Oracle April 5

    February 24th, 2017
    by

      Are you ready for the Oracle Farmers Market to return?    On Sunday, Feb. 19, Sue & Jerry’s Trading Post […]


    Oracle church launches Copper Corridor campus; Living Word Chapel meeting at Hayden High School

    February 24th, 2017
    by

      The Living Word Chapel in Oracle has added another location for people who live in the Hayden/Kearny/Winkelman area.   The […]


    Tri-Community cleanup set for March 10-11

    February 24th, 2017
    by

    San Manuel –  Supervisor Pete Rios, along with Pinal County Public Works, proudly announces a Tri-Community Cleanup. The public of […]


    Miners’ Renteria ends remarkable career as State Champion

    February 16th, 2017
    by

      Four years ago, at the year-end wrestling banquet, now San Manuel senior Franky Renteria stood among a few legends in […]


  • Additional Stories

    Oracle School Board has vacancy; candidates sought to fill position

    February 16th, 2017
    by

      Due to the resignation of Board Member Jana Looby, the Oracle Elementary School District Governing Board has a vacancy.  The […]


    Mural at Mountain Vista School spreads kindness

    February 16th, 2017
    by

      Volunteers have been working on a mural at Mountain Vista elementary School in Oracle. The mural is a collaboration between […]


    Sea Lion Swimmers bring home trophies from Havasu meet

    February 8th, 2017
    by

    Over the weekend of January 20-22, the Sea Lions Swim Team competed in the Havasu Winter Challenge Swim Meet at […]


    Oracle woman sells rare dolls to Hualapai Tribe

    February 8th, 2017
    by

      Evaline Auerbach, resident of Oracle since 1976, downsizing in preparation for a move, says that she is trying to get […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger