From the Front Line to the Fireline Veterans Train to Become Wildland Firefighters


Release Date: 01/19/16
Contacts: Stephen Razo, (951) 697-5217,
News Release No. CA-CDD-16-05

From the Front Line to the Fireline Veterans Train to Become Wildland Firefighters


MORENO VALLEY, California – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in partnership with the Department of Interior (DOI) and Team Rubicon, is conducting a wildland firefighter training session Jan. 22 – Jan. 25 at the Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center in Apple Valley, Calif., for military veterans. The training, one of several sessions taking place throughout the country, will train veterans in wildland fire suppression tactics, including communication techniques, fireline construction, equipment operation and other critical wildland firefighting skills.


In April 2015, DOI and BLM formed a partnership with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response nonprofit organization, to take advantage of veteran skills acquired in the military that can translate to wildland firefighting such as teamwork, decisive leadership, risk mitigation and management, logistics and emergency medicine.


Last year, newly trained Team Rubicon wildland firefighters responded to wildfires in Alaska, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington during one of the most severe fire seasons in history.


“The Regional Public Safety Training Center and Victor Valley College Fire Technology is pleased to have had the opportunity to train these veterans for the upcoming fire season,” said Heath Cohen, Fire Technology Program Director/Faculty.


“It just makes sense to match our veterans’ skills with wildland firefighting,” states Ron Dunton, Director of BLM Fire and Aviation. “They already understand critical aspects of the wildland fire program such as our Incident Command System and they have the work ethic we need in wildland fires.”


By engaging veterans in disaster response, Team Rubicon seeks to provide veterans with a sense of purpose, community and identity often missing following their military service.


Several Marines founded Team Rubicon in response to the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake. Since then, the organization has responded to floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe weather damage, helping disaster survivors all over the globe.


For further information regarding the Team Rubicon program, contact Pat Ross, or Stephen Razo,



How to get Emergency Text Alerts at VVC

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Flags at Half-Staff Through July 25 Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Flags at Half-Staff Through July 25

Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee


Presidential Proclamation


Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga.  We honor their service.  We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives.  We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm:  We do not give in to fear.  You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life.


We ask God to watch over the fallen, the families, and their communities.  As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 25, 2015.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.