About FireSmart Cross-training
Wildfires do not respect jurisdictional boundaries and can move from forested lands into communities and from communities into forested lands. In many cases, wildland urban interface (WUI) events require the response of many different emergency response organizations. In order for response to be efficient, safe and organized, planning and training must be completed ahead of time, training cannot be effective when done in isolation.
Cross-training aims to bring emergency response organizations together for the purpose of identifying potential weaknesses and gaps in response efforts prior to an actual emergency.
Training can also be completed to familiarize organizations with the equipment, procedures and strategies of other agencies which may potentially be involved in a wildfire emergency. The overall all goal is to reduce any required on-the-job learning that might occur during an emergency.