Wildland Fire And Energy Safety Summit

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

As you can tell from our weather today were still well away from the hot and dry summer months, but for local and federal firefighters it is a perfect time to prepare for fire season.

Firefighters say when they respond to a fire, minutes matter and they only have moments to coordinate crews and resources. Firefighters from across the western slope and Utah met in Rifle at the Colorado Mountain College to talk about communication and teamwork.

Lathan Johnson from BLM Management says that "it's not only the firefighters learning about the energy industry also the energy industry learning about what we need from them for fire fighting." Officials say when they respond to fires near oil and gas rigs communication is important to be able to respond fast.

This is only the second year the summit has been held but for all involved its short history has yielded great results. "what work that has been put into last year and this year and even in between those times has improved our communication tremendously." says firefighter and paramedic Matt Mollenkamp.

But firefighters are hoping that history will get a little longer and they plan to expand the conference next year. Doug Paul says, "we're hoping next year we will expand on this a little bit more, right now were mainly looking at wildland fire but were gonna start looking at other emergencies that might occur." So they can continue to find better ways of communicating in emergency situations and save life and property by making moments count.

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