West Strike Team gets lay of the land during wildfire training event

West Strike Team participates in wildfire training event. March 18, 2014

West Strike Team participates in wildfire training event. March 18, 2014

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MORRISON, Colo. — People living on and in the hogback area, on the west side of C-470, have been spared the drama of drought fires that have hit the state hard over the last few years.

This wild land fire season, crews are taking no chances of being thrown into a situation foreign to them, so Tuesday, they headed out to the Willowbrook neighborhood to get the lay of the land, so to speak.

The West Strike Team spent Tuesday walking the blocks, talking to neighbors, looking over their natural landscaping, all while helping give tips on how to defend homes against wildfires.

“We just want to make sure we know where hydrants are located, who lives where, and what to expect if ever we get a call for a wild land fire up here,” said Capt. Daiman Difero of Fairmont Fire. “Our goal is to just get to know communities where fires could break out this season.”

Neighbors wondered about all the fire rigs in the area. Once they were told what was up, all loved the fact that the firefighters were in the area for the day. The hope is that by being proactive when and if the worst happens, people and fire crews here will be ready.

The West Strike Team is a partnership between the Arvada, Fairmount, Golden, West Metro, and Wheat Ridge fire districts.

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