North Lake Tahoe first responders conduct avalanche training |

North Lake Tahoe first responders conduct avalanche training

First responders conduct avalanche training off Mt. Rose Highway.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Local first responders are slated to conclude a week of avalanche training off Mt. Rose Highway today, Feb. 1.

Through much of the past week, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Washoe County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue and Mount Rose Ski Patrol have participated in avalanche training at the Mt. Rose Ski area main lodge parking lot.

The training included a simulated burial, which required first responders to organize the rescue, establish communications, define staging areas, and organize personnel using industry standardized practices.

"This annual refresher training allows agencies to review, practice and participate in hands-on avalanche training drills utilizing a practical scenario that replicates rescue situations," engineer Dave Melkonian, who coordinates this annual training, said in a press release.

Although the training is scheduled to conclude Feb. 1, it could be rescheduled or canceled altogether in the event of extreme weather or unforeseen events.

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