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250 additional Airmen, Soldiers complete wildfire training in Salem

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

250 additional members of the Oregon National Guard have completed their week of wildland firefighter training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The Airmen and Soldiers are from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls and the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team based at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas.

This deployment was ordered by Governor Kate Brown under "Op Plan Smokey" to support the efforts of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

"Op Plan Smokey" is an agreement that has been in place for many years that allows the Oregon National Guard to support wildland firefighting efforts when all other public and private resources are depleted.

The week of basic fire training includes two courses needed for qualification as a wildland firefighter by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, S-130 Firefighter Training and S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior.

Training also includes a variety of topics including fire behavior, incident command, watch outs, fire orders, fire shelters, hazards, terminology, use of water, mop up/securing lines, communications, and suppression.

The 250 Airmen and Soldiers join the 125 members of the Oregon National Guard who completed their training on Tuesday and are working the fire lines near John Day.

This second group will be ready for deployment on Sunday morning.

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