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The Pocatello Fire Department will be joining with six other agencies for their annual interagency fire training exercise.
Pocatello Fire, along with fellow Gateway Interagency Fire Front (GIFF) members, will be learning a bit more about the behavior of wildfire during their exercise Saturday, June 4. The day will begin with a briefing at the Incident Command Post located at the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) facility on 5th Avenue in Pocatello. After the briefing, the roughly 60 participants will work through two stations. The station at Blackrock Canyon will involve wildland fire tactics while the other at the end of Barton Road will feature structure triage training. During the structure triage exercise, firefighters well determine how a building would respond to a wildfire without intervention and also identify what could be done to improve the home’s defensible space. Around 2 p.m., the training will wrap up with an After Action Review back at the ITD facility.
“This is a chance to share expertise and improvements in firefighting strategy and tactics across agency boundaries,” said Assistant Chief Mike Williams. “The interagency training also provides for smoother operations and a clearer understanding of expectations when we are under live fire conditions.”
Residents can expect to see increased traffic in the areas around the stations and the ITD facility. Firefighters will also be contacting homeowners in the area where the training is taking place.
GIFF is made up of Pocatello, Pocatello Valley Volunteer, Chubbuck, Fort Hall and Inkom Fire Departments as well as the Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.