Wildland fire school helps firefighters ready for real thing
July 3, 2019
By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era
After weathering a 12-hour deluge that left more than 2 inches of rainfall on Sweet Home Thursday, firefighters from the Interagency Wildland Firefighting School held June 23-27 at Sweet Home High School fanned out Friday to battle fires set purposely in a logged area off Jones Road.
About 300 firefighters, two-thirds of them newbies, participated, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Joanie Schmidgall. She said the week-long school included a lot of leadership training for squad and crew bosses, as well as basic techniques for beginners.
The week-long clas...