West Plains firefighters train for upcoming wildfires
Interagency training prepares for battling blazes on the front lines
Last updated 6/27/2019 at 8:34am
The men and women of Crew 212, dressed in dirty yellow nomex shirts, heavy trousers, hardhats and boots, sat on the dirt road — a trail really — in the thick young pine forest behind the Riverside Middle School in Chatteroy taking a break.
Nearby sat several chainsaws.
The entire campus of the public school was taken over last week by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Eastern Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy (EWIWTA), where both new and seasoned wildfire firefighters trained alongside established volunteer and career firefighters from fire department...