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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crafton Hills Fire Academy

CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit firefighters assisted the Crafton Hills Fire Academy with their three day "Basic Wildland" fire class. The three day class ran from Monday, November 8 through Wednesday, November 10th. The class consisted of one day of classroom instruction and two days of practical application. Included in the classroom instruction were topics regarding wildland fire terminology, basic fire safety, and basic Incident Command System organization. The last two days involved learning about fireline construction and how to use the tools to accomplish it, along with helicopter safety and operation. The third day saw the cadets learning how to do progressive hose lays and mobile pumping.

CAL FIRE seasonal firefighter Alison Hesterly works the nozzle as she leads a demonstration hose lay for the cadets.

Seasonal firefighter Rachel Kliewer explains some of the finer techniques of switching out the nozzle and a new section of hose.

Seasonal firefighter Diane Thompson explains some of the responsibilities of working the nozzle on a hose lay.