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CAL FIRE SLO prepares for summer fire season with wildland fire training drills

Posted: 6:08 PM, Jun 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-06 21:15:05-04

CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo prepared for the summer fire season with a wildland training drill on Thursday.

CAL FIRE engines from Cambria, Cayucos, and Nipomo joined in on the training to help the firefighters become comfortable fighting fires with one another, in case all departments are needed to respond to a fire in the future.

Firefighters simulated typical procedures when dealing with a brush fire, as they practiced exercises such as cutting down weeds with chainsaws and laying hoses.

Battalion Chief George Huang believes these drills are important for firefighters to prepare for the summer.

“As CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo, we want to make sure that we train on a daily basis so we prepare for the upcoming fire season and with the grass and all the rain that’s impacting California and our local area we have to make sure that we’re prepared,” Huang says.

In order to do their job and protect the community of San Luis Obispo, Huang asks that residents do their due diligence on weed maintenance and ensure they have 100-foot clearance around their properties.