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Firefighters train, prepare for potentially dangerous fire season

Posted at 6:48 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 22:09:33-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Fire season is quickly approaching, so the Bureau of Land Management firefighters teamed up with other agencies Tuesday for training near Mount Potosi.

Crews say this upcoming fire season has the potential to be the worst in years due to heavy rains, which is fueling the invasive grasses that could cause a fire to spread.

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Firefighters were put through drills like deploying fire shelters, giving medical first aid and laying fire hoses during Tuesday's training.

Zachary Ellinger, a fire prevention specialist, said the bonds built during training are crucial for preparation when firefighters need to work cohesively to get the job done.

"They count on each other in their hardest times so to be prepared for something like that you have to have formed a bond with someone, and the firefighting community is great like that," said Ellinger. "They support one another, but doing exercises like this really re-enforces that support."