By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Jeff Holz at Equestrian Center in Santee
April 21, 2017 (Santee) — San Diego County Fire Chiefs, along with fire agencies across the region, held their annual wildland fire preparedness exercises April 19-21 in Santee and Tierrasanta to prepare for the upcoming fire season.
Training included emergency communications, firefighter survival, structure defense and hose deployments under simulated emergency conditions. Also participating in this three day training event were the area’s firefighting aircraft. These water-dropping aircraft joined ground forces in coordinated fire attacks under simulated fire conditions.
Approximately 750 firefighters participated in the training exercises over three days.
For the eighth year in a row, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has provided funding for the event. The utility again sent line crews and utility equipment to participate in one of the training scenarios to educate first-responders on what to do if they come across downed power lines while battling a wildland fire.