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Mobilizing for fighting and training

Local firefighters provide National Guard some on the job training at Jolly Mountain, Norse Peak blazes


October 12, 2017

Ken Johnson/Cheney Fire Department

Spokane County Fire District 3 Division Chief Dustin Flock, right, escorts a National Guard fire crew at the Jolly Mountain Fire northwest of Cle Elem earlier last month as part of state mobilization efforts to combat several Cascade Mountain blazes.

It's fairly typical for local fire department crews to be asked to be a part of state efforts in fighting wildland fires in the region during the summer months.

For Cheney Fire Department battalion chief Ken Johnson and Spokane County Fire District 3's Dustin Flock and Travis Devine, this summer's mobility provided something new - a chance to train some Washington national guardsmen on the nuances of firefighting while also combating two of the larger fires in the state.

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