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Denton County Firefighters Train for Wildfires

Officials bracing for another wildfire season like last year's

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    North Texas firefighters are getting important training in fighting wildfires, a mandatory course that must be complete by March. (Published Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012)

    Firefighters in Denton County are preparing for another tough wildfire season.

    Denton Fire Capt. Mike Bardwell said he fears this wildfire season will look similar to last year's, despite recent rainfall.

    Firefighters Trained in Battling Wildfires

    [DFW] Firefighters Trained in Battling Wildfires
    North Texas firefighters are getting important training in fighting wildfires, a mandatory course that must be complete by March. (Published Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012)

    "We haven't seen near the rainfall that we should have," he said. "We are still way below normal, and unless something changes, when everything dries out and gets hot again, the same thing is going to happen that happened last year."

    "It rained in Dallas, but it didn't rain in South Texas or in West Texas," Wellman said.

    New Training Prepares Firefighters for Fire Season

    [DFW] New Training Prepares Firefighters for Fire Season
    After last year's fire season, firefighters plan on training their staff on how to fight wildfires and brush fires. (Published Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012)

    A group of firefighters trained in Denton on Monday to battle wildfires. This year, wildland fire training is mandatory for all Texas firefighters.

    "Well, it's important just for all the people in Texas to have more people trained in fighting wildfires so there's no more destruction and all their property being lost and firefighter deaths," Little Elm Assistant Fire Chief Ed Wellman said.

    Wildfires are a different beast than the structure fires they typically fight, the firefighters said.

    "It's real scary, because we are not real experienced in doing this," Bardwell said. "We've never been trained by forest service officials like we are now."

    This mandatory course teaches officials safety tips and new techniques.