CAL FIRE inmate firefighters will be conducting a "hands on" exercise in preparation for the upcoming fire season today. The exercise will provide an opportunity for fire crews to be evaluated on their firefighting knowledge, ability to perform in a safe manner and on their physical condition. It is vital that crew members acclimate themselves for the warmer weather ahead to reduce the heat related injuries that can occur in the fire environment.
The exercise will begin at 8:00 am in Auburn, beginning at the east end of the Foresthill Bridge. The fire crews will hike into the incident site, construct fire lines, and deploy fire shelters under simulated emergency conditions. CAL FIRE Chief, Randy Smith confirmed, "It is an outstanding opportunity to put the year's training to the test and to gear up both physically and mentally for the ensuing fire season."