COEUR D’ALENE, ID (May 27, 2014)-- The North Idaho Training Zone is hosting its annual Firefighting Basic Fire Training School at Camp Lutherhaven near Mica Bay June 2nd-6th. This multi- agency event is the cooperative effort of the Coeur d'Alene & Nez Perce Tribes, Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The class size is expected to between 80 and 100 students. Many of these students will be working on fire crews throughout North Idaho.
The training consists of classroom instruction, which introduces the students to things like basic fire behavior, map reading, fire tools, water use, and the incident command structure. A field day on Thursday is a chance for students to try out the skills they have learned on a small training fires, each crew will have the opportunity to navigate to, size up, initial attack, mop-up, and patrol their fire. Friday students will need to pass a final exam before being qualified as a basic wildland firefighter. All classroom training will occur at Camp Lutherhaven and the field day is planned on State of Idaho ownership south of Cougar Creek Road. Each crew will have the opportunity to try out skills they have learned. Some smoke may be visible during the exercise but will to completely extinguished prior to the end of the exercise.
We invite the media to join us at Camp Lutherhaven for this exercise. Safety is our number one priority and thus we require each media person to arrive “fire ready” with a hardhat, nomex pants and shirts, and eight inch high leather boots with vibram soles. All media will be escorted to the fireline by a designated firefighter. Limited cell phone coverage at Camp Lutherhaven makes it essential to arrange media visits in advance. If you are interested in joining us to observe our new wildland firefighters, please call Rachel Young at (208) 983-4025 before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3 to arrange a site visit and necessary nomex clothing.