Wildfire drills begin Tuesday
June 21, 2010
Beginning Tuesday, the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department will host a series of wildland fire drills in Cold Creek Canyon, located off Pioneer Trail.
The drills will consist of firefighters from South Lake Tahoe, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, U.S. Forest Service, CalFire and Fallen Leaf Fire District responding to a simulated wildfire threatening structures, said Division Chief Marty Scheuerman in a statement.
“These drills will be utilized to hone the suppression skills of the area firefighters as well as the command and control functions used by the incident commanders,” Scheuerman said. “The theme is cooperation, competency and standardization allowing the various jurisdictions to operate as a unified body. The first hours of any emergency will dictate how the rest of the incident will go, so cooperation and quick action by a agencies are critical to keeping potential disasters at bay.”
Tuesday’s drill is scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Similar drills are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 29 and July 2.