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AR Forestry Commisson Reemphasizing Emergency Firefighter Training

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says the tragedy in Arizona has altered it's training schedule for life threatening situations for firefighters.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Forestry Commission says the tragedy in Arizona has altered it's training schedule for life threatening situations for firefighters.

Kevin Kilcrease with AFC says training on personal protection equipment, or PPE, usually happens during the fall.

However the tragedy in Arizona that resulted in the loss of 19 firefighters last weekend has placed renewed emphasis on revisiting the training again.

"We're wanting all our personnel to brush up on it now while its fresh on everyone's mind, it's a good time to bring that to the forefront," Kilcrease says.

AFC says while wildfire conditions in Arkansas are minimal right now with cooler early July temperatures, that can change quickly.

"People need to follow proper fire prevention during the 4th of July holiday," Kilcrease says.  "We're drying out, small fires can get out of control pretty quick."

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