GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Fire crews across our region are getting extra fire training in before fire season kicks off. Wednesday, Grants Pass Fire and Rescue, Rural Metro Fire, the Rogue River Fire District and Oregon Department of Forestry came together for a training exercise using smoke machines.
“In order to keep our balance of realism with safety we use smoke machines to give that realistic feel to the crews that are on the ground fighting the fire or the simulator fire. It puts them kind of in the element, obscures their vision. It gets them really in the mode of thinking real fire while we're not actually burning anything,” Grants Pass Fire and Rescue Fire Inspector Tim Stacy said.
The crews practiced three different scenarios in the smoke. Stacy added this is a way for the crews to get used to working well together before they get on the scene of a real wildfire.
"The closer the group is the more you're going to work well together. You kind of know what to expect. You know how different people operate. We have slightly different policies between agencies. So it gives us a chance to see how each other operates and how we can make that work together to come together and get an incident resolved quicker."
Crews will continue training Thursday, June 28th.