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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wildfire training drill to be held in Pocatello



POCATELLO, Idaho—On May 12, 2018, the Gateway Interagency Fire Front (GIFF) will coordinate an interagency training exercise involving multiple federal, state and local fire agencies. The exercise will train individuals to function on an interagency wildfire incident. During the four station scenarios, the wildland firefighting partners will practice structure protection, radio communication and firefighting tactics.
The exercise will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 5425 Bannock Hwy, Pocatello, ID 83204. The main staging area will be at the church and the agencies will report to the staging area for a briefing before rotating through four stations. One station will involve hands on wildfire operations training where students will practice wildland firefighting skills including; fireline construction, hoselays, and engine operations. The second station will involve structure protection in the Gibson Jack area. The third station will teach firefighters how to effectively communicate with air resources and the fourth station will cover how to use staging areas to facilitate a coordinated response to wildfire incidents.
Expect increased traffic around the church and in the Gibson Jack area while the exercise takes place. The training is expected to conclude at noon.
For more information concerning the logistics and attending the exercise, please contact Kelsey Griffee, Fire Information Officer for the Bureau of Land Management at 208-521-8709 or email at kgriffee@blm.gov.