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Oregon National Guardsmen Get A Crash Course In Firefighting


Wildfire training instructor Greg Hoss of Dixon, Missouri, directs a group of Oregon National Guardsmen before an exercise at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training facility in Salem, Oregon, on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

Wildfire training instructor Greg Hoss of Dixon, Missouri, directs a group of Oregon National Guardsmen before an exercise at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training facility in Salem, Oregon, on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

Connor Radnovich/Statesman Journal

Lt. Carla Wegner has just received word of a wildfire approaching her team’s location from the south, and she needs to get everyone to safety. 

Running across a blackened hillside, on her command each member of her team drops their packs, taking only fire shelters, hand tools and canteens. 

In another 30 feet, they deploy the shelters just as they were taught — unfurling and scrambling into the orange plastic cocoons in a close group, sounding off in roll call and drinking water as the heat rises. 

“Good job guys, stay in your shelters! I know it’s going to get hot as hell,” Wegner shouts. 

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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