(Riley County, KS - April 6, 2023) Tonight from 7-9 p.m. Riley County Fire District #1 will be conducting training exercises with volunteer firefighters at three locations in the Ogden area. Exercise staging areas will be in Random Woods, on Wildcat Creek Road, and 15th Street.
Fire trucks and personnel will cycle through three different scenarios to practice protecting structures from wildfires. No fires will be set, and no smoke will be involved in the training. Volunteers will be working with a variety of tools and equipment.
“We are making training as realistic as possible and look forward to these opportunities to practice in different environments,” said Deputy Fire Chief John Martens. “If you see us out there, feel free to stop by and chat. We’d be happy to tell you more about what’s going on and share information about how to protect your home from wildfires.”
RCFD#1 has more than 100 volunteer firefighters who respond to structure fires, wildfires, vehicle accidents, and medical emergencies in Riley County.
“We have volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life,” said Martens. “We work well together, and it makes me proud to see how many people are willing to step up and go towards danger when others need help. It’s our goal to make sure they’re prepared and that homes are protected when dangerous wildfires occur, so we provide a lot of different training opportunities.”
To learn more about the department or apply to become a volunteer, visit www.rileycountyks.gov/fire or call 785-537-6333 during business hours.