Firefighters conducted a special exercise in mutual aid, in which fire departments from area towns converged and worked together to battle a simulated large-scale brush fire.
Firefighters and apparatus from eight area towns responded recently to Myles Standish State Forest in Carver.
While the fire danger for the day was high, the forest was safe; there was no fire. Firefighters conducted a special exercise in mutual aid, in which fire departments from multiple towns converge and work together to battle a large-scale brush fire.
The practice scenario began with the county fire plane high in the sky spotting and locating a simulated fire in the forest. Crews were dispatched into the woods to respond. In this drill, to simulate changing real-fire situations, the plane called out a second location of smoke where buildings were threatened. Firefighters were dispatched and directed their hoses behind buildings near forest headquarters.
Firefighters from Carver, Duxbury, Kingston, Marion, Onset, Plymouth, Wareham and Plympton were on scene. Joining them in this drill were state and county fire departments, along with the Plymouth County Sheriffs Department command vehicle.
The agencies worked together through the Incident Command System, which coordinates resources and communications among the multiple agencies.
This mutual aid exercise has taken place each spring for the last 10 years. It’s done to prepare local fire departments by practicing in the real world with a life-like firefighting scenario.