Over 50 Team Rubicon students participated in the January 22-25 training, receiving instruction in wildland fire suppression tactics including communication techniques, fireline construction, equipment operation, and other critical skills.
|Patrolling/communications hikes are used to instill a visual and communication dialogue that enhances teamwork.|
By engaging veterans in disaster response, Team Rubicon seeks to provide veterans with a sense of purpose, community, and identity often missing following their military service.
"After my military service I was looking for a way of giving back," stated Patrick Mishler, Navy veteran. "It's always good to learn something new, another skill, and I hope to deploy soon."
Marine veteran Anthony Lewis works for a school district so he sees himself as a seasonal call up. "From here I will go up north for wilderness first aid training and then wait for summer and hope the phone rings."
|Team Rubicon students undergo fire shelter inspection from Phil Lind, BLM Smoke Jumper Training Manager.|
|Team Rubicon students learn proper hand tool/line digging techniques.|
For more information on Team Rubicon see http://www.teamrubiconusa.org. For information about BLM and its partnership with Team Rubicon, contact Jessica Gardetto 208-387-5458 or email@example.com.
Story and photos by Steve Razo, Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, BLM California.
Taken from the BLM Daily (internal BLM website), February 8, 2015.