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MEDIA ADVISORY: San José Fire Department Wildland Live-Fire Training

Post Date:06/24/2020 4:00 PM

Erica Ray, Public Information Manager
408-398-9228; sjfdpio@sanjoseca.gov

 Details:  
 What: San José Fire Department Wildland Live-Fire Training
 When:

June 25 & June 26, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days

 Where:

Santa Teresa County Park
260 Bernal Road, San Jose, CA 95119

 Background: San José Fire Department will be conducting live-fire training exercises at Santa Teresa County Park on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26. The live-fire portion of the event will begin at 10:00 a.m. on June 25 and run throughout the day. There will also be live fire most of the day on June 26. Residents are advised that they may see smoke in the areas surrounding the park as a result of the planned training exercise.

The purpose of this training is to instruct our recruit firefighters in wildland firefighting practices. This live-fire training is consistent with previous exercises the San José Fire Department has conducted in the park, allowing recruit firefighters to utilize specialized tools and equipment, personal protective equipment, and employ wildland suppression strategies and tactics in a controlled setting. Impacts of the training exercise on the surrounding area are expected to be minimal. Benefits to the areas being burned include removal of non-native, invasive species of plants, such as the star thistle. Park visitors are advised that the Mine Trail south of Bernal Road will be closed as well as the Pueblo Trail and the connector trail between Pueblo and Mine Trail. The Pueblo day use area and the road to the equestrian lot will also be closed.

As always, it is our primary concern that the community feels safe and is fully aware of the Fire Department’s ongoing effort to serve the community by protecting life, property, and environment through prevention and response. On the days of the burn, please feel free to contact the onsite Public Information Officer, Captain Mitchell Matlow at 408-896-8524. The Public Information Manager, Erica Ray, is also available at 408-398-9228 for any further questions or concerns.

Residents and businesses located in the area that smell smoke may wish to close their doors and windows while the training burn is taking place. Additional information on helpful ways to reduce your exposure to air pollution can be found at https://www.baaqmd.gov. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

 

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