2006 R1 Firefighter Operations and Safety Workshop
During the week of May 8 th the fire management group gathered at Sheldon-Hart National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Lakeview, Oregon for the Regional Firefighter Operations and Safety Workshop.
Day one focused on the following regional and national issues: all terrain vehicle safety, communications, Foundational Doctrine, Incident Qualifications and Certification System (ICQS), personal protective equipment, preparedness reviews, medical standards, sand table exercises, and an overview of the Joint Apprenticeship Program. Excellent logistical support was provided by the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center , the Fremont National Forest and the Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management.
Our entire fire organization was richly rewarded by their participation. Efforts such as this allow us to become a stronger learning organization, helping us to limit the number of mistakes, and continue with safe, effective and efficient operations in the complex world of fire management.
To minimize cost, firefighters camped out at Sheldon and Malheur National Wildlife Refuges. Traveling, camping and preparing meals as a group also allowed us to build camaraderie amongst ourselves, and further relationships with our partners from the interagency wildland fire community.