June 14, 2019 3:55 a.m.
A number of fire agencies will be actively engaging in wildland fire training exercises on Reservoir Hill in Roseburg next week.
Staff with the City of Roseburg Fire Department, Douglas County Fire District No. 2, the Winston-Dillard Fire Department, and the Douglas Forest Protective Association will all participate.
A release from RFD said the training will be taking place next Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During the exercises, two specific portions of the hill will be used for training to include live burning that will occur twice each day. The release said the training locations are designed to stay on City owned property. Training will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. each day.
The release said the training objectives include refresher training on wildland firefighting tactics in conjunction will local fire agencies, continued training on command and control procedures for multi-unit incident response, eliminating fuels in an effort to minimize the threat of an uncontrolled burn, and more. Fixed wing aircraft, provided by the Douglas Forest Protective Association will be utilized overhead the training for all 3 days. The training opportunity will provide an opportunity to train together, but also to improve the effectiveness of interoperability between multiple agencies, according to the release.