WILD LANDS FIRE TRAINING
Seven responders from the three Harpswell Fire Departments (Jack Stokinger from Harpswell Neck; Mason Smith, Mike Hartman and Rosie Buonauito from Orr’s & Bailey Island; and Meriel Longley, Mario Baldi and Steve Rowe from Cundy’s Harbor) recently participated, along with 43 other members of fire departments throughout the State of Maine, in a wild lands fire training course offered by the Maine Forest Service. The training was composed of 3 online courses, each followed by exams. Those who passed could apply for certificates which would make them eligible for in-the-field practical training. The practical training was held on April 15, 2023 off Breakwater Farm Road in Cape Elizabeth.
Last summer Harpswell had several woodland fires including a 3 day burn on Great Island. These may have served as part of the impetus for the large attendance from Harpswell this year. Woodland firefighting requires a different skill set and different clothing and gear than is required to fight house fires. Of note is the fact that these courses are open to non-firefighter members of the public. Once trained, certified individuals may volunteer to work alongside regular firefighters putting out woods and fields fires.
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