DNR hosts training session on firefighting

Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, led by Deputy Public Information Officer John Pepin, held a media training session focusing on firefighting efforts and what to expect when reporting on the scene of a wildfire. Reporters from several local media outlets were able to meet and interact with DNR staff, ask questions and get a better understanding of firefighting operations in the Upper Peninsula. Officials talked about prescribed burns, burn permits, weather conditions, partnerships with other firefighting agencies and public education efforts, among other things. Pepin said there are about 500 fires each year in Michigan that the DNR responds to, with the chief cause being debris burning. At right, Keith Murphy, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fire management specialist, points to a map showing all firefighting equipment in the Upper Peninsula inside the Incident Coordination Center in Harvey Wednesday. (Journal photo by Kelsie Thompson)

Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, led by Deputy Public Information Officer John Pepin, held a media training session focusing on firefighting efforts and what to expect when reporting on the scene of a wildfire. Reporters from several local media outlets were able to meet and interact with DNR staff, ask questions and get a better understanding of firefighting operations in the Upper Peninsula. Officials talked about prescribed burns, burn permits, weather conditions, partnerships with other firefighting agencies and public education efforts, among other things. Pepin said there are about 500 fires each year in Michigan that the DNR responds to, with the chief cause being debris burning. Keith Murphy, above, DNR fire management specialist, points to a map showing all firefighting equipment in the Upper Peninsula inside the Incident Coordination Center in Harvey Wednesday. (Journal photo by Kelsie Thompson)