The Tera Torch was used at the WYOFIRE training this past weekend in the Black Hills. (Karl Brauneis)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A good delegation of Fremont County Firefighters and emergency management personnel attended the WYOFIRE training held last weekend in the Black Hills. The delegation included both trainers and trainees. 

“WYOFIRE is a live fire training exercise used to help get folks ready for the fire season and work through their Task Books to improve skills and qualifications,” said Karl Brauneis of Lander, one of those attending. “It is probably the best example I have ever seen of training and coordination between agencies and the US Army and National Guard to get folks live fire training.”

Brauneis said that in preparation for the training exercise, timber stand improvement work including thinning and limbing was completed through out the site prior to the training. “Firefighters then used a variety of firing devices to burn the slash and then call in fire suppression resources. A total of four Exercises were planned for firefighters to move from Urban Interface Fuel Reduction to Pump and Water Training to Live Fire Training under various scenarios. At the same time, the Army was involved in Live Fire Training with rifles just across the road at one of their rifle ranges,” he said.

Firefighters from Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota also attended.

The event was coordinated by Wyoming State Forestry and State Fire Trainer Mike Bournazian, who is based out of the Wyoming Fire Academy in Riverton.