Sierra National Forest emergency procedures to be tested at Avocado Lake

The Sierra National Forest is gearing up for fire season.

Annual Emergency Vehicle Operating training is scheduled for March 23 at Avocado Lake in Fresno County.

The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. training will focus on safety, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

The exercises will cover the effective use of emergency vehicles’ red lights and sirens as well as amber emergency lights that will be used during the upcoming fire season, they said.

The National Fire Protection Association standard will be used as a reference in the management training and certification of wildland fire emergency vehicles.

Forest Service officials said the training will play a vital role in the upcoming fire season. Various types of vehicles will be used to test the red lights and sirens.

People in areas around Avocado Lake can expect to hear sirens and air horns throughout the training, the forest officials said.

For questions or concerns about the training, contact the forest at 559-297-0706 or the High Ranger District, 559-855-5355.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado: 559-441-6304, @cres_guez