Local firefighters get refresher course in fighting wildfires

Created: 05/21/2014 5:49 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s back to school time for firefighters in the Albuquerque metro area – just in time for wildfire season. That’s no joke in this metro area with the Rio Grande and its riverside forest running right through the heart of the city, the Sandia foothills to the east and grasslands and brush country to the west.

Fire is a constant threat this time of year. That’s why firefighters from the Albuquerque Fire Department, the Bernalillo County Fire Department and the Corrales Fire Department are getting refresher courses this week in wildland techniques.

The trucks are different, some of the gear is different; the strategy and tactics are different. There are no fire hydrants out there, so learning to pump and use water from a tank or pond is crucial. The firefighters all train together, because they will all fight fires together during the season.

“During four months out of the year we have one of the highest fire dangers in the Southwest, based on our fuels and our conditions during that time,” said Lt. Brian Fox of the city fire department. “You have critical wildland fires so it’s important for our guys to understand the basics.”

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