EAGLE i: Brushing up on brush fires

Marco, Isles of Capri, East Naples and Ochopee fire districts prepare for dry season

Isles of Capri Fire Rescue Chief Emilio Rodriguez leads a classroom of firefighters from Marco, Isles of Capri, East Naples and Ochopee through brush fire training Wednesday.
FIRE CHIEF MIKE MURPHY, EAGLEi

Photo by Fire Chief Mike Murphy, EAGLE i submission

Isles of Capri Fire Rescue Chief Emilio Rodriguez leads a classroom of firefighters from Marco, Isles of Capri, East Naples and Ochopee through brush fire training Wednesday. FIRE CHIEF MIKE MURPHY, EAGLEi

Isles of Capri Fire Rescue Chief Emilio Rodriguez leads a classroom of firefighters from Marco, Isles of Capri, East Naples and Ochopee through brush fire training Wednesday.
FIRE CHIEF MIKE MURPHY, EAGLEi

Photo by Fire Chief Mike Murphy

Isles of Capri Fire Rescue Chief Emilio Rodriguez leads a classroom of firefighters from Marco, Isles of Capri, East Naples and Ochopee through brush fire training Wednesday. FIRE CHIEF MIKE MURPHY, EAGLEi

— Marco Island Fire Rescue sponsored a three-day class, Wednesday through Friday, for fire department officers from Marco Island, Isles of Capri, East Naples and Ochopee. Dry conditions are occurring again this year. As a result, fires are a real concern for Southwest Florida. The training will assist key personnel in managing crews at major brush fires and to avoid the needless loss of life when firefighters are killed in line of duty.

The official title of the class is “S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface.” It is specifically designed to certify these officers in the safe practice of commanding fire crews at the major brush fires. Upon completion the participants will be certified nationally. This is important as the need for certified personal is important nationally when major brush fires occur. Class graduates will become part of assigned teams that are often called upon to leave Collier County and travel throughout the State of Florida and nationally during major wild fire events.

Fire personnel are attending the class at the Marco Island Fire Department training room, 1280 San Marco Road Friday.

This program is an ongoing effort between the Florida Fire Chiefs Association and the Florida Division of Forestry to better prepare all firefighters in Florida for the hazards associated when fighting wild land fires.

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