Training for October

There was no way a fire could start in the wet grass and soggy soil of early February, but the Berkeley Fire Department was thinking ahead to the parched, combustible days of this coming October. Training Supervisor John Fischer designed and directed this wildfire drill on Monday for a class of new Fire Department recruits. They plugged a hose into the freshly painted standpipe at the southeast corner of the park, then extended that hose section with others, until they could power-spray the top of the central hill. Then the task was to disconnect and retrieve the hoses, stretch them out and remove the kinks, and then wind them up into tight coils that a fire fighter could carry in a backpack.

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