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Preparing and training for wildfires with social distancing guidelines

Multiple fire agencies are going through training to prepare for wildfires.

Posted: Jun 12, 2020 6:23 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore -- Firefighters across our region are preparing for wildfires. This season firefighting will be different, because of the pandemic.

"Making sure that we, ourselves, are healthy. So, we can take care of our community as well as doing our job effectively." said Jeremy George. He is a firefighter with Rural Metro Fire. This year, firefighters like George have more to think about when it comes to putting out fires." Social distance as much as we possible can." said George.

These social distancing guidelines including staying six feet away from each other, wearing a mask and washing hands often. "These are some of the new policies for the wildfire season. We are trying it out today and doing the best we possibly can." said George. Friday is also one of the first times multiple fire agencies are together for fire training. It provides a good opportunity for these firefighters to practice some of the new policies.

"At this point in time we are trying to stay in our own groups, who we work with together." said George. This means firefighters from Rural Metro Fire stay together. They are not mixing with any other agency. 

NewsWatch 12 asked George if he thinks his team can safely and effectively put out a fire this summer and follow social distancing guidelines at the same time. "I believe so, yes." said George. 

There are more changes to come for this year's fire season, including what life at fire camps will be like. 

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