SARASOTA BURN MITIGATION TEAM HOLDS ANNUAL TRAINING
By WILLIE CIRONE, Senior Correspondent | April 01, 2020 | FLORIDA
Story No. 042020101
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSFile photo of the team in action.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSDuring training Firefighters receive an safety briefing on use of the two ATV and two UTV's used during burn operations.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSFirefighters receive basic training on the two type six Engines used during burning operations.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSFirefighters are briefed on the newest member of the fleet a second LMTV.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSHydrants are not always available, but the need to know how to hook up is still there,
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSFirefighters try out the new floating pump.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSFirefighters being briefed where the fire is they will locate it and size it up and develop a plan.
Photo by CIRONE PHOTOSFirefighters practicing there yearly shelter deployment.
The Sarasota County Burn Mitigation Team held it;s Annual Training at Carlton Reserve, the team comprised of two full time paid employees of Sarasota county Fire Department which oversee the team, the remainder of the team is comprised of members of different departments of the county and some Volunteers. R Sarasota County Public Land with an emphasis on hazard reduction and ecological restoration including habitat enhancement for the Florida Scrub Jay. Responsible for over 50,000 acres including both rural and urban sites.
Responsible for responding to wildfires within Sarasota County and implementing wildfire management tactics that are safe, efficient and desirable for the ecosystem.
The team also delivers talks to various groups within the community in an attempt to bolster public relations relating to prescribed burning and fire management. Also emphasized the importance of FIREWISE and personal protection of property prior to a wildfire event. Analyzed the wildfire risk for homeowners in an effort to minimize property loss.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.