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Waldo Canyon Fire Leads to Changes for Training and Equipment

The Waldo Canyon (CO) fire inspired some changes in firefighter training and equipment for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, such as new wildland firefighting clothing and some mechanical devices for trucks. This spring, three department lieutenants designed and taught a class reviewing lessons learned from the fire, and every department firefighter or officer attended. The class included a Waldo Canyon staff ride -- a practice adopted from the military -- that took firefighters into Mountain Shadows to relive the decisions made the night of the firestorm. The class later opened to fire departments from across the state, Deputy Chief Steve Dubay said. Otherwise, no changes have bee...

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