Firefighting training schedule being set |

Firefighting training schedule being set

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

Individuals who want to become wildland firefighters in the Lake Tahoe Basin will be interested in the Basic Wildland Firefighting Courses being offered by the Forest Service and the Lake Tahoe Community College.

Courses will be offered in May and June to prepare the Forest Service on-call wildland firefighting hand crew for the 2004 wildfire season.

Two Forest Service-sponsored classes will be offered. Applicants may choose either the May 24-28 class, or the June 14-18 class.

These will be evening classes, from 6 to 10 p.m. Classes will be held at the U.S. Forest Service Fire Station located at 2215 Keetak in Meyers off Highway 89, next to Lake Valley Fire Station 7.

Classes will be limited to 20 individuals, and applicants must bring two forms of identification. For more information on these Forest Service sponsored classes, call the message line at (530) 543-2777 (messages left will be returned), or call the Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe at (530) 543-2600.

Two Lake Tahoe Community College sponsored classes will be offered, located at the Lake Valley Fire Station 7 in Meyers. Applicants may choose the weeks of May 10-14, or June 7-11. These classes will be held during the day, from 8 to 5 p.m. For these daytime sessions applicants must register through Lake Tahoe Community College.

Applicants must also bring two forms of identification.

Acceptable forms of ID include valid state driver’s license or ID card, Social Security card, passport, or birth certificate. All classes will include an eight-hour field day. The date and location will be announced later.

To obtain a position on the Forest Service on-call hand crew following the class, applicants will be required to pass a physical examination (at the applicant’s expense) and pass the Work Capacity Test, which consists of walking three miles with a 45 pound pack on level ground in 46 minutes or less.

– Staff report

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