Fire departments learn about woodlands fires

Training Officer Johnny Adams from Fire District 4 covered Wildlands Fires at the Natchitoches City Fire Training facility on July 12. Topics included the role and determining factors of when and how structural firefighters should engage in wildlands or woods fires and when to call for outside agencies and assist the State and Federal Wildlands firefighters. Adams also talked about and played a sobering video about the 19 Granite Mountain hotshot firefighters who perished in an Arizona wildfire that unexpectedly changed direction and overran their position. Approximately 30 Firefighters from NFD, Fire Districts 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 attended the training.

Special thanks to two of the local staff of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Wade Goins and Hunter Masters, who brought out a vital piece of equipment used to combat wildlands and woods fires, a bulldozer with an articulating front blade and rear ripper.

FD 4 Junior Firefighter Elaine Adams got an up close and personal look at the bulldozer from the operator’s seat! Hunter Masters demonstrated the articulating blade used to create fire lanes and breaks.