Friday, April 8, 2011

OC Fire Watch Training April 16

Here is some information about the OC Fire Watch Training April 16 from the OC Parks Website. This looks like a great volunteer opportunity. (Picture above from 2007 Santiago Fire)
Orange County residents who want to help prevent wildfires can volunteer with the OC Fire Watch program. Training for OC Fire Watch, which is part of the County’s Adopt-a-Park program, takes place Saturday, April 16 at Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange. OC Fire Watch deploys two-person teams to the County’s wilderness and regional parks during red-flag conditions. Volunteers are trained to look for suspicious behavior and to report fires immediately, decreasing response time and potential for large-scale wildfires. 
To register, you may complete the online General Volunteer Application. Once we process your application, you will receive an email with further registration information. Volunteers will attend one program orientation meeting and one OC Fire Watch training session. Generally, these are scheduled the same day. Both training sessions are available April 16. Training lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch provided. Additional training sessions are scheduled for Aug. 6 and Oct. 15.
Once the OC Fire Watch Volunteer Screening is complete and the volunteer is accepted into the OC Fire Watch program, volunteers will receive a welcome email. The OC Fire Watch photo badge will follow in the mail. After completing both trainings, OC Parks Volunteer Services Coordinator will issue the following items: OC Fire Watch T-shirt, hat, vest, car magnet, ready bags for supplies, etc.

For more information, please contact OC Parks Volunteer Services:Angeline Soto: 714-566-3035 email: Angeline.soto@OCCR.ocgov.com

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