SAN DIEGO—San Diego county fire chiefs, in coordination with the City of San Diego, will conduct their annual Wildland Fire Preparedness Exercise April 19 to 21.
Regional firefighting forces will come together for training inclusive of emergency communications, firefighter survival, structure defense and hose deployments under simulated emergency conditions. Also participating in this three day training event will be the area’s firefighting aircraft. These water- dropping aircraft will join ground forces in coordinated fire attacks under simulated fire conditions.
Approximately 750 firefighters will participate in the training exercises over three days. The training is a key element in maintaining firefighter preparedness as the county moves into the hot, dry summer months.
For the eighth year in a row, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has provided funding for the event. The utility again is sending line crews and utility equipment to participate in one of the training scenarios to educate first-responders on what to do if they come across downed power lines while battling a wildland fire.