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Citizen-Soldiers receive much needed wildfire fighting training 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
CONG Firefighters 
Fires in High Park in Poudre Canyon about 15 miles from Ft. Collins, Colo., June 18, 2012. Additionally, Colorado Guardsmen are augmenting the Larimer County Sheriff's Department to provide assistance in securing evacuated areas. (Official Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jess Geffre/RELEASED)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

CONTACT:
Air National Guard Capt. Darin Overstreet
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (7/3/12)Colorado National Guard members receive wildland firefighting training to provide a greater response capability for Colorado during this fire season.

Today 112 Citizen-Soldiers from the Colorado Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry and the 947th Engineer Company will complete basic wildland firefighting training provided by the Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy. The training was conducted this week at the Colorado Army National Guard’s Denver Readiness Center.

The S-130/190, Basic Firefighting & Introduction to Fire Behavior course is a 40-hour course which provides these new students with the knowledge and tools necessary to fight wildland fires safely. This course will “red card” certify them to fight wildland fires.

“If the start of this fire season is any indication of how this summer will go, we need to be prepared now,” said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado. “This is a welcome skill set for our Citizen-Soldiers, who are eager to participate in wildfire response efforts.”

“This is a great opportunity to add a valuable domestic response skill to the already robust soldiering skills these Guard members possess,” said Edwards. “This training will provide a significant tool for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to support incident commanders during a time of significant need, as seen so far this summer.”

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For photographs:

Waldo Canyon Fire: www.flickr.com/photos/conationalguard/sets/72157630389471130/

High Park Fire: www.flickr.com/photos/conationalguard/sets/72157630072014657/

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