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Thursday, March 28, 2013

CAL FIRE BDU Shares fire safety at NBC4

For the sixth consecutive year, the CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit was asked to share fire safety with the news staff at NBC4 Television in Burbank, California.  This unique wildland fire safety class was created in 2002 by then Fire Prevention Battalion Chief Doug Lannon (retired) and Public Information Officer Bill Peters.  The class has been very successful over the years in not only teaching reporters and videographers how to be safe while covering wildland fires, but also in understanding how a fire works.

BDU Information Officer Bill Peters teaching in the basic class
about Situational Awareness 

 There are two versions of the class; a two hour refresher class and a four hour basic class.  Over three days recently, Information Officer Bill Peters taught six refresher classes and two basic classes.  The classes include wildland fire behavior, fire safety, situational awareness, Penal Code 409.5 (d) (California media access law) and how to deploy a fire shelter.  This year, the video "The New Generation Fire Shelter was introduced.  The video comes from the National Interagency Fire Center.  Following the video, a volunteer from the group actually deploys a practice fire shelter. 

BDU Information Officer watches as volunteer deploys a fire shelter
"Good Job"