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ACSO seeks volunteer wildland firefighters, training provided

The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office is in need of volunteer wildland firefighters.

Due to recent budget cuts, the county was unable to fund two of its seasonal firefighter positions. These positions are essential elements in the process of protecting life and property in the county.

Throughout the southwest, recent fires have burned intensely, incinerating homes and putting a strain on fire resources. High fire danger conditions are predicted this spring and summer due to a lack of snow in southwest Colorado. Unlike the past three fire seasons, which have been relatively quiet, this year could be a different story.

In order to volunteer, an individual must take the basic wildland fire training and pass a work capacity test. We are offering this wildland fire training free to anyone who is interested in helping their community.

Basic wildland fire training will be offered by the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office May 11-15 and May 21, nights and weekends. This 40-hour course provides the basic training and information necessary to be qualified as a wildland firefighter, allowing those who successfully complete the course to help manage wildland fires and prescribed fires in the area.

For more information and to sign up, call Christina Marquart at 731-4799.

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