Camp Pendleton Fire School prepares crews for 2017 fire season


CAMP PENDLETON – Interagency fire crews will be participating in live fire training exercises at the 2017 Fire School, to be held June 5 to 9 at Camp Pendleton. As one component of the overall strategy for fire season preparedness, firefighters from the Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests will be joining state, county and local government cooperators, along with units from the Marine Corps base.

The combined crews will be igniting and battling brush fires throughout the base to decrease the base’s fuel load for the summer, provide valuable experience to the firefighters, and strengthen relationships among the cooperating agencies.

“This training provides an opportunity for new firefighters to fight fire in a controlled environment,” said Seth Mitchell, Fuels Battalion Chief with the Angeles NF. “Gaining real life experience fighting fires together on the ground is invaluable and builds crew cohesion with the other agencies.”

Chief officers and captains will ignite dozens of training fires each day, allowing crews an opportunity to be first on the scene and coordinate incoming units as the Incident Commander. Crews attack the fire with hose lays and hand tools, focusing on keeping fires small and ensuring seamless interagency cooperation.

Angeles National Forest assets participating in the two-week training exercise include 28 engines, five crews, three patrols, three water tenders, and fire leadership personnel.

6 Responses to "Camp Pendleton Fire School prepares crews for 2017 fire season"

  1. Theresa   June 7, 2017 at 1:46 pm

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  2. Lee   June 7, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Gomer: “Ain’t nothin’ like a campfire and s’mores.”

  3. grunt   June 8, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Lee -you do realize that this is training so when the real fires hit the fire fighters will be able to control the blaze? Maybe save some homes and lives?

  4. Lee   June 8, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Gomer, I have a question for you. I’ve just read the entire article, and it says that these fires are for training purposes. Really? What exactly do you plan on learning from these fires THAT WE DON’T KNOW ALREADY AND HAVE KNOWN FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS? Maybe the fact that wild fires here in Southern California, under extreme conditions, are nearly impossible to put out? Or perhaps the fact that they even kill people and cause millions, and sometimes even billions of dollars of property destruction? Or maybe, that in so doing, they also cause great heartache for everybody involved? Gomer, we already know all that, don’t you?

    Gomer: “Well, first of all, I thought you was gonna ask only one question and not several. Well, you see, what we are tryin’ to find out is whether fires burn hot or cold, and if you can put them out with water.”

  5. LOL   June 9, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I guess Trolls are real. LOL.

  6. grunt   June 9, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Lee – fire fighting (I think, never been a fire fighter) requires that the unit fighting the fire act as a team. To react to orders from the team leader; so while I am sure the fire fighters are trained individually, the ongoing fire school probably helps them work as a team; just as the Marines know what to do individually, they have to train as a team. In both units, you have to have confidence in your equipment (you gain this by training with it), confidence in your leader (you gain this by observing his/her actions during training) confidence in your tactics.

    Now, as to your continued use of “Gomer” (which I guess is from the old Gomer Pyle USMC) for trying to insult Marines – are you aware that most of America does not qualify to be a Marine? That many, many of the top corporations in the country are run by Marines? We are both physical and mental – the days of CAT 4 (thanks McNamara) are long over.

    I believe that your continued showing of hatred toward Marines just displays your ignorance.


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