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SACRAMENTO NWR: Second Refuge Junior Firefighter Academy a Rousing Success!
California-Nevada Offices , May 20, 2009
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Brownies and Daisies from Willows and Orland learn about being fire smart with Sacramento NWR fire staff, Mark Rakestraw (far left) and Tony Arendt (far right). (photo: USFWS)
Brownies and Daisies from Willows and Orland learn about being fire smart with Sacramento NWR fire staff, Mark Rakestraw (far left) and Tony Arendt (far right). (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a

The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge administered the oath to the second Junior Refuge Firefighter Academy Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Twenty Girl Scouts from Willows and Orland discovered how the Refuge fire staff helps wildlife, habitat and people. They learned about the tools used during a fire and explored the fire engine, including some “hands on” use of the fire hose. The final part of the program was a quiz that tested their new-found knowledge on fire and being fire smart.

"As fire season approaches, it’s important to teach kids how to be fire smart, plus we help them discover that fire can actually be positive in nature – when managed,” said program leader and Fire Engine Captain Mark Rakestraw. After pinning on their shiny new badges and taking the Junior Refuge Firefighter oath, Smokey Bear came to take part it the celebration.


Contact Info: Jennifer Stockton, 530-934-2801 x15, jennifer_stockton@fws.gov



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