Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 329
Columbia, North Carolina 27925

Contact: Howard Phillips- 252-796-3004 ext 226

News Release

March 3, 2010

Local National Wildlife Refuge Hosts Annual Wildfire Training

Firefighters practicing deployment of a fire shelter tent
Firefighters from eastern NC National Wildlife Refuges, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and other agencies gathered at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to participate in the annual Fire Refresher Training. As a part of the training each year, firefighters must practice successful deployment of a fire shelter, as shown above. Pocosin Lakes Fire Management Officer Vince Carver, who organized the exercise, explained, "Firefighter safety is our number one priority. Both days, we kept reminding folks that they've heard it all before, but it's important to hear it again and again when it comes to safety." Photo Credit: USFWS.

Tom deploying his Fire Shelter - others deployed and shut in background.
In an actual deployment, additional protection is garnered by having the shelters grouped closely. Besides increasing the ability of the shelters to reflect the heat, the close proximity allows firefighters to talk among themselves to boost morale. In the foreground, Alligator River's Tom Crews prepares to roll over onto his stomach to complete his successful deployment of the shelter.
Photo Credit: USFWS.