Interagency wildland fire drill this weekend at COS in Weed.

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Emergency equipment will be traveling in the Weed area this weekend, June 22 and 23, during the Eric Hall Memorial Interagency Drill at College of the Siskiyous.

For this training, lights and sirens will not be used. Anyone in the area is reminded that if you see vehicles with their lights and sirens on, it is a true emergency and not part of the drill.

During the drill, according to an information release from CAL FIRE and the US Forest Service, "firefighters and fire equipment will be out on the roadways working, so please be cautious."

The event begins with a morning briefing at COS at 7 a.m. and ends with a evening briefing at 5 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to stop by. An Information Officer will be available to answer questions from the media or residents.

Hundreds of firefighters from numerous Siskiyou County firefighting agencies are scheduled to participate in the exercise that is "designed to promote interagency coordination."

According to the release, "As the past several years have proven, this training event is critical to getting all the players together to train as one unit so they are better equipped to fight fires as a team."

The training event is divided into six different venues – fire shelter use and vehicle safety inspections, establishing a water supply, progressive hose lays, constructing hand line, dozer safety and wildland urban interface tactics.