NEW LOCATION FOR ANNUAL WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING GUARD SCHOOL
COEUR D’ALENE, ID (May 30, 2013)--The North Idaho Training Zone is hosting its annual Firefighting Guard School at Camp Sanders in Tensed, Idaho on June 3-7, 2013. This multiple agency event is the cooperative effort of the Coeur d’Alene and Nez Perce Tribes, Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.
Firefighting Guard School is designed to train and educate new wildland firefighters providing real world skills required to suppress fire in our nation’s forests and grasslands. During the week long training, new firefighters learn the basics of fire behavior and fire suppression techniques in a simulated learning environment. Guard School is designed to mimic a real fire camp where students experience camp chow, sleeping outdoors, crew cohesion and fighting an actual fire.
On Thursday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m., experienced firefighters will simulate wildfires on a parcel of Coeur d’Alene Tribe land bordering the north side of Old Sanders Road and the south side of Fox Road in Tensed, ID. Students will work in teams to locate and extinguish the fire. We invite the media to join us at Camp Sanders 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 Sanders makes it essential to arrange media visits in advance. If you are interested in joining us at Camp Sanders to observe our new wildland firefighters, please call Shoshana Cooper at (208) 765-7369 before 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 to arrange a site visit and necessary nomex clothing. Driving directions to Camp Sanders are attached.
DIRECTIONS TO CAMP SANDERS:
Coming from the North (Plummer, ID and further north):
Take Highway 95 south. Continue past the town of Tensed. Travel approximately 6.5 miles (mile marker 375), turn left onto Sanders Road (portions unpaved). Travel approximately 1.2 miles to Camp Sanders at 11321 Sanders Road.
Coming from the South (Potlatch Junction, ID and further south):
Take Highway 95 north. From Potlatch Junction, travel approximately 13.5 miles (mile marker 375); turn right onto Sanders Road (portions unpaved). Travel approximately 1.2 miles to Camp Sanders at 11321 Sanders Road.