Brock Uhlig (left), Battle Mountain District Fire Management Officer, highlights key values and expectations to seasonal wildland fire fighters May 11, 2020 during the orientation as the district leadership (seated) listens. Battle Mountain Eureka-based firefighters were in attendance virtually to meet annual requirements while also maintaining CDC standards.
Brock Uhlig (left), Battle Mountain District Fire Management Officer, highlights key values and expectations to seasonal wildland fire fighters May 11, 2020 during the orientation as the district leadership (seated) listens. Battle Mountain Eureka-based firefighters were in attendance virtually to meet annual requirements while also maintaining CDC standards.
BATTLE MOUNTAIN — Temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and firefighters everywhere are gearing up for the 2020 wildland fire season and the Battle Mountain District, Bureau of Land Management-Nevada is no exception.

In order to be ready, the district brought in 16 seasonal wildland firefighters Monday, May 11, but this year’s training and on-boarding are coming with a COVID-19 flavored twist: All the employees were wearing masks, carrying hand sanitizer and staying a minimum of 6 feet apart all throughout the training. 

“We are committed to keeping our community and employees safe and healthy as we get ready for this wildland fire season,” said Doug Furtado, Battle Mountain District Manager. “That is why we are constantly working to mitigate risks while finding innovative and safe ways to train our seasonal wildland fire fighters.”

During the on-boarding process, seasonal employees are briefed on a variety of important issues key to being successful to include the bureau’s values to include its strict zero-harassment policies.

“We are taking the necessary steps to ensure we’re ready and able to deploy firefighters for wildfire response in the most effective ways possible during these challenging times,” said Brock Uhlig, Battle Mountain District Fire Management Officer.  “The safety of the public and all wildland fire responders is always the number one priority for all wildland fire agencies, but we can’t wait. We need to be ready attack when a wildfire happens.”

“Every acre matters to someone,” said Furtado. “That’s why we’ve worked to build cooperation agreements with other agencies, partners and communities to prepare an optimum initial attack plan aimed at increasing our wildland firefighting effectiveness.”

For more information, please contact Jess Harvey, Public Affairs Specialist, Battle Mountain District Office, at 775-635-4054 or email jharvey@blm.gov.