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 (518 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

    Annual Oracle Spring Run Car Show a bright, shining success

    April 27th, 2017
    by

      April in Arizona. It’s the most perfect time of year.   Perfect for spending time outdoors. Hiking. Biking.   […]


    San Manuel VFW helps veterans on Warrior Hike

    April 20th, 2017
    by

      The Veterans of Foreign Wars Local 2767 has helped another group of veterans while they are participating in a […]


    Hannah Rose Rio Hogan named to Dean’s List at Evangel University

    April 20th, 2017
    by

    Oracle – Hannah Rose Rio Hogan, daughter of Nathan and Leasa Hogan of Oracle, has been named to the fall […]


    Autistic artist featured as Artist of the Month at JJ’s A Gift Shop

    April 20th, 2017
    by

      April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal […]


  • Additional Stories

    Pinal County seeking local opinion on Oracle Park redesign

    April 13th, 2017
    by

      Do you want to have a say in the Oracle Park redesign? Do you have an idea that you […]


    Oracle Farmers Market getting bigger and better

    April 13th, 2017
    by

      The Oracle Farmers Market opened for the season on Wednesday, April 5.  The market had new vendors as well […]


    McGinnis named assistant chief for Oracle Fire District

    April 13th, 2017
    by

    Brian McGinnis is the new Assistant Fire Chief for the Oracle Fire District. He was sworn in on Wednesday, April […]


    Mountain Vista School has great showing at SARSEF; Elena Hendrix wins grand award and project heads to state science fair

    April 13th, 2017
    by

      The winning Science Fair projects from  Mountain Vista School were entered in the regional  SARSEF Science Fair in Tucson, […]


  • Copperarea

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