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Fire Lookout Program offers training for new volunteers

Posted: May 2, 2013 9:12 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2013 9:12 a.m.
 

The Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association are recruiting volunteers to staff the last remaining fire lookout on the Angeles National Forest for the 2013 season. Lookout volunteers help to protect the forest and local mountain communities against the threat of fire. Their coverage extends to the communities along and outside of the forest boundary.

The organization is currently looking for hikers to volunteer for the summer to staff Slide Mountain Lookout and also looking for volunteers to staff Vetter Mountain Peak. Volunteers will be expected not only to gaze lovingly at their beautiful surroundings to look for signs of smoke or fire, but also be aware of current fire conditions, as well as offer services as a historical interpreter for the fire lookout system.

New volunteer trainings are scheduled to begin on May 4th at 10:00am and May 9th at 6:30pm. Training will be held at the L.A. River Ranger District 12371 North Little Tujunga Canyon Rd. San Fernando. Fire Lookout volunteers are required to volunteer 8 hours a month between May and November. The lookout officially opens on Memorial Day Weekend. There are four parts to training that must be completed:

Orientation- a two-hour introduction to the programInterpretation/Natural History- a three-hour classOperations-an all day seven-hour classIn-Tower Training- an eight-hour hands-on training in the Lookout with an experienced host

For additional information and training dates please go to the Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association website, http://www.anffla.org.

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