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Tuesday wildfire drill is first of several by South Lake Tahoe Fire Department

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department will begin a series of wildland fire drills in Cold Creek Canyon, located off Pioneer Trail, on June 29.

The drills 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.”

Similar drills are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 2 and starting at 9 a.m. on July 10.

The drills were scheduled to begin June 22, but delayed “due to circumstances beyond our control,” Scheuerman wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.

Firefighters will also conduct a drill simulating a hazardous materials spill from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 28 at El Dorado Beach, Scheuerman said in a separate statement.

Private cleanup companies, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Barton Memorial Hospital, CalFire, El Dorado County’s Environmental Management Department and South Lake Tahoe police have been invited to participate in the hazmat drill, Scheuerman said.筻


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