Fire departments across the Southern Interior spent the weekend in Lake Country, training for wildfire season.
The Penticton fire department delivered the second of five coordinated wildfire training courses on Sunday. According to fire chief Larry Watkinson, this training provides local fire departments with tactics to be deployed while protecting homes from wildfires. The training is provided in partnership with BC Wildfire Services.
Anarchist Mountain Fire Department was one of the fire departments that participated in Sunday’s training that was held outdoors.
This weekend we are delivering the 2nd of 5 coordinated wildfire engine boss training courses. This training provides local FDs tactics to be deployed while protecting homes from wildfires, in partnership with: @BCGovFireInfo @BC_FireSafety @BCFireChiefs pic.twitter.com/StgJbwQcdO
— Penticton Fire Chief (@pentictonfire) April 25, 2021
Firefighters from around the province descended on Penticton in 2019 for the Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Training Symposium.
The event, which was held in May, was hosted by the City of Penticton Fire Department and brought 150 firefighters from 25 jurisdictions across the province.
The symposium was again supposed to be held last year but was cancelled due to COVID-19.
This year, the training is being held over several weekends.
Currently, there are 132 wildfires burning in B.C., according to the B.C. Wildfire Dashboard. Twenty-four of those are in the last two days. It has been a particularly dry spring.
Penticton saw three human-caused wildfires sparked in one day last week, forcing BC Wildfire Services to come in.
Check out the B.C. Wildfire Dashboard here.
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