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Two Inland fire agencies conduct live fire training exercises

By in Press Enterprise on January 11, 2018

By Gail Wesson

Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters will continue a live fire training exercise through Friday, Jan. 12, at a structure at 12212 Redlands Blvd. in Moreno Valley, according to a county fire news release.

An unrelated training involving the Soboba Fire Department on the Soboba Indian Reservation east of San Jacinto sent up a large dark column of smoke on Wednesday morning, Jan. 10.

Firefighters from the county fire agency and March Air Reserve Fire Department are participating in the Moreno Valley training burn activity that began Wednesday, Jan. 10. The city’s Office of Emergency Management also is involved.

The property was made available to the county by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino’s office of construction and real estate.

Firefighters are training in fire suppression techniques and using mannequins in the exercise. (Photo courtesy of Cal Fire/ Riverside County Fire Department)

During the training, fires are set within the structure, a house, to instruct firefighters in the latest fire suppression techniques and rescue techniques using mannequins. The exercise is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The Soboba fire was a controlled burn in an old structure off the main road of the reservation.

The burn lasted about 45 minutes but firefighters stayed on scene for about three more hours to ensure it was completely extinguished, Mike Hiles, Soboba tribal information officer, wrote in an email.

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