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Behind the Scenes: Firefighters Practice for Upcoming Season

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With fire season already underway across the western United States, it's only a matter of time until Northern Nevada gets its share.

After a dry winter and early spring, firefighters are getting ready.

Every year the local fire and emergency agencies get together for the Regional Sand Table Exercise, a simulation of how the different groups would work together in the case of a major wildland fire.

"This is really good because obviously it's going to be a pretty busy fire season, with the weather that we've had," Carson City Fire Department Captain Bob Schreihans said. "And secondly, it puts everyone who will work together, who normally don't see each other, it puts us all in the same room so everyone gets to know each other and how it all works."

They see how it all works, only on a very small scale. This event uses sand-tables, open wooden boxes full of sand and geographical features, that are modeled after specific parts of our area.

Using the resources they have, the team leaders will work together to keep the fire, represented by red string, contained and away from homes.

Since the different agencies all have unique protocols and communication structures, events like this one help them unify their command, and work out any bugs that may arise before they are on the ground fighting a real fire.

"We are just coming together to make sure that everyone is on the same page for the season coming up," East Fork Fire District Captain Larry Goss said.

Firefighters at the event said that although they will be as prepared as they can, they can always use the help of the public. They ask citizens to be careful with things like disposing of fireplace ashes and cigarettes, and properly extinguishing campfires, especially on windy days.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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