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July 18, 2002
Oregon National Guard fire training begins Friday morning
 
Salem - Firefighter training for the Oregon National Guard's soldiers begins tomorrow, July 19, 2002, at the Bend and LaGrande National Guard Armories. The National Guard currently has 325 soldiers supporting the wildfire emergency.

Training will begin at 7 a.m. with four hours of basic fire behavior. The following six hours of the training day will consist of classroom instruction on safety on the fire line, dousing hot spots, and general firefighting skills.
 
Saturday and Sunday's training will be outside of the classroom, as soldiers get hands-on practice of laying fire hose, cutting fire lines, and deploying fire shelters.
 
Nineteen soldiers are supporting the emergency operations center in Salem; 21 soldiers, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters, three HEMMIT tankers, and support equipment are at the Medford Complex; eight soldiers, the UH-60 Firehawk, one HEMMIT tanker, and support equipment are at the Roseburg Lightning Fires; and 21 soldiers, one CH-47 Chinook helicopter, two HEMMIT tankers, one 5,000-gallon tanker, and support equipment are at the Winter Fire. Two hundred and fifty-six soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry and 3-116 Cavalry assembled yesterday, July 17, for firefighter training at the Bend and LaGrande National Guard Armories.
 
Contingency planning is currently taking place for a potential requirement to support an active Army battalion with ground transportation.
 
For more information contact:
 
Kay Fristad
(503) 584-3917