Thirty-five firefighters from across the Brazos Valley traveled to the Rocky Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Burton to receive basic wildfire field training Saturday.
“It makes it a lot easier when all of us in different counties are participating with each other. As we found last year, when the big incidents occur, we need each other's help,” said Tim Hamff, Rocky Creek Volunteer Firefighter.
Many of the firefighters who attended the training day assisted the Texas Forest Service with the wildfires in Bastrop and Waller County last year. However, the Texas Forest Service now requires wildfire certification, so all volunteers understand basic wildfire procedures and terminology.
"When firefighters in our area are using the word “deploy”, they think they're taking their trucks to set up somewhere,” said Hamff. “Anytime that's said on the radio, the Forest Service guys are cringing because they think that we're getting a fire shelter out, and possibly losing our lives because the fire has overrun us."
The skills the firefighters practiced include cutting fire lines, using 100-foot-long water hoses and shelter deployments.
Firefighters from Volunteer Fire Department, Washington Volunteer Fire Department, Brenham Fire Department, Burton Volunteer Fire Department, Latium Volunteer Fire Department, Prairie Hill Volunteer Fire Department, South Brazos County Fire Department, Snook Fire Department, College Station Fire Department, Bryan Fire Department and Houston Fire Department attended the basic wildfire certification training day.