For the first time in over three months, volunteer fire fighters from Sunnyside Rural Fire District (RFD) got together for two hours of wildland fire training on Tuesday, June 21. Under normal conditions, Sunnyside RFD meets the fourth Tuesday of each month for training. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to be safe, Sunnyside has not had any training since March. Because of the need to be prepared to respond to area fires, Sunnyside had to weigh this need along with the need to be safe and felt the need for wildland fire training was essential.
Nine of the stations 23 firefighters masked up and kept physical distancing as much as possible, while practicing on a simulated wildland fire at the Sunnyside Fire Station on Cavendish Grade.
Sunnyside RFD has responded to two fires since the pandemic hit, a wildland fire at the bottom of Old Peck Grade and just last week a call for assistance from the Orofino Fire Dept. on a residential structure fire in Orofino.
Volunteers are always needed and welcome, please call Chief Rich Hull at 208-827-0127 if you are interested.