We have previously covered fatalities caused by wildfires in Nepal. Now the U.S. Forest Service is going to instruct a “train the trainer” course in Nepal for forest management officials and army personnel.
According to a press statement issued by US Embassy in Kathmandu, Friday:
The training being provided at the request of Nepal Government is a part of the USFS regional Eastern Himalayas Forests and Climate Change Program and was developed in consultation with Nepal’s Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation.
The training aims at increasing understanding among participants of fire behavior, increased capacity in fire prevention and suppression, and the identification of fire management capacity needs. “In addition to classroom learning, the training will include field activities that will develop evaluation and situational awareness skills related to fireline tactics in a variety of simulations,” said the statement.
Forest fires are a growing hazard in Nepal. In recent years, more than 60 people have lost their lives to forest fires in Nepal, including the tragic death in 2009 of 13 Nepal Army soldiers while they attempted to put out a massive wildfire in western Nepal.
In January, 2008 Wildfire Today reported that three people from the U.S. provided Incident Command System training in the Kingdom of Bhutan. In that case the trainers were Professor Ronald Wakimoto from the University of Montana; Deanne Shulman, the first female smokejumper in the U.S.; and Alissa Roeder, the Superintendent of the Pike Hot Shots.