Fire Personnel Hold Tenth Annual Interagency Training


Prep for training:  Firefighters lay out hose to be used as part of the training exercise.  Slash piles from a recent fuels reduction project were lit during the training.


On June 14, firefighters from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming participated in the 10th annual interagency All Fire Day training with cooperators from the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Forestry Division, and Teton, Sublette, and Lincoln counties. Over 200 area firefighters took part in the training which was held in Bondurant, Wyoming.

All Fire Day training was established in 1998 to provide opportunities for interagency fire personnel to complete field exercises that test skills, build relationships, and improve safety and communication through increased agency coordination.

This year, the training centered around a wildfire scenario that involved a Wyoming incident management team and public land managers from the southern and western portions of the state. While fire managers and agency administrators worked through management exercises in a leadership tent, firefighters completed a variety of drills, structural assessments, and live fire exercises. Residents from a nearby subdivision participated in a mock evacuation, giving them an opportunity to learn more about their own safety and protecting their homes from wildfire.

The training lasted approximately eight hours, ending with an After Action Review during which participants studied all components of the exercise, including those things that went well and those areas that need improvement. The intent of the training was to help fire personnel prepare for the upcoming fire season.

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