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Heading out for a week

Looks like I'll be out of touch to a fair extent for the week.
I'm volunteering to take a week long intermediate forest fire fighter course, and will be out of town and camping through its duration. I'll likely have cellular coverage through some of the days, I think, in which case I'll peek in, but, if not, see ya Saturday, Frihost Wink

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Well that sounds kind of cool. You'll have to tell us about the course when you get back, and the camping. Have fun and don't go too crazy without Internet! Smile
TheGremlyn on Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:31 pm
The course is being held at Kejimakujik National Park, outside Halifax. I don't think I've ever been there, it should be interesting. I took the basic course last summer in the Cape Breton Highlands, and this course gives more advanced skills for predicting fire risk and fire behaviour, and better assessment tools and fighting techniques... basically to equip people to be crew leaders on the ground. Gonna be lots to absorb!
Ankhanu on Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:17 pm
Sounds awesome and VERY interesting Ankhanu. Great also that you could still be in touch with us, like live coverage of a kind! Cool
deanhills on Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:03 pm
Who needs internet when you can have bears! laugh
Learning is fantastic - enjoy!
standready on Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:20 pm
It is particular enjoying that we have persons who demonstrate altruism through volunteerism in this day and age. All the best Ankh, remind me to ask you a question when you get back.
the_emissary on Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:17 pm
Hope your first day has/was informative and helpful. I appreciate the work everyone does to fight forest fires or any other fire, actually. So many lives are lost for no good reason. Humans, beasts, and plants alike. Such a waste. Take care. I am interested to hear how it went when you get back to your computer.
pauline123 on Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:50 pm
Thanks, folks.

It was actually two courses; ICS200 (emergency Incident Command System, second level, for administrating/approaching emergency situations) and the Intermediate Wildland Firefighter course, focused on building the skills from the Basic course and building crew leaders and skills to better predict fire risk and behaviour assessment. The week was pretty awesome, and didn't feel like 5-days worth of classes (and a 3-hour field exercise/simulation).

It wasn't exactly altruistic to take this course (though it was unusual to take it as a volunteer)... yeah, it allows me to take a role in helpful operations, but, I largely took it for me. It's an additional certificate to my résumé/CV, and makes me more desirable and useful to some employers. I need a freakin' job! Wink

The camping, largely wasn't too bad. We arrived in Sunday with just enough light to get our tents set up and start a fire; the mosquitos were kinda thick, but the fire helped keep them away. I think it was Monday that we got an evening full of rain, which kinda sucked... And I discovered my tent isn't really watertight Razz Luckily the rain trailed off before sleep-time and I just had to mop up the drips that had come in and didn't get dripped on through the night. The rest of the week was pretty nice, though the nights got down to about 6°, so were a little chilly, but not too bad. I did forget pad/mattress, so I slept on the ground... Which worked out nicely, really. My back was nice n happy and I wasn't really uncomfortable at all.

All in all, a pretty good week.
Ankhanu on Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:15 pm
Holy cow, 6ºC sleeping in a tent! Here where I live we don't have these temperatures not even during the winter! Ah, the best part is to add something so useful to your CV! I know the feeling. I hope you get a job soon!
Vanilla on Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:10 pm
A firefighter starts a fire - think about it - laugh
Always helps to add skills to resume'.
standready on Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:47 pm
Amazing that you were comfortable with sleeping on the ground. Was there grass to soften it, or were you sleeping on the hard ground?

Well done with the course. Take my hat off for you. Cool
deanhills on Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:35 am

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