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Local agencies participate in fire season training exercise

by | Jul 1, 2024 | Commissioner Press Releases, Highlights, Newsroom | 0 comments

BANNOCK COUNTY, Idaho – With fire season upon us, local fire and emergency response agencies led a successful training exercise last weekend. 

On Saturday, June 29, 2024, local fire departments from the Greater Interagency Fire Front (GIFF) conducted a Wildland Fire Exercise at Century High School. The training reviewed activation, notification, coordination, communication, and logistical processes for response in preparation for the 2024 fire season in Bannock County. 

The exercise was led by Brian O’Donnell with the Bureau of Land Management.  Members of the Pocatello FD, Pocatello Valley FD, North Bannock FD, Chubbuck FD, Bureau of Land Management FD, Bureau of Indian Affairs FD, McCammon FD, and Inkom FD participated in the exercise.  The Bannock County Office of Emergency Management Director, Bannock County 911 Director, and Bannock County Sheriff’s Office Captain of Support Services also participated.

As part of the exercise, a test Wireless Emergency Alert Notification was sent to people in a small area south of Pocatello. The alert was coordinated with Pocatello Fire and sent by the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch.

“The exercise was a great opportunity to train across departments. The review is very helpful for our teams and we learned what areas we need to focus on this summer,” said Wes Jones, Bannock County’s Emergency Director. “We appreciate everyone for taking the time on a beautiful Saturday to prepare for fire season.”

The 2024 Fire Season has already begun, with four fires within the last two weeks.  All agencies encourage adherence to the 2024 Bannock County Burn Ban (in effect NOW through Oct. 1, 2024) and hope everyone has a safe and fire-free Fourth of July holiday.

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