2013 Central Arizona Wildland Response Team (CAWRT) Drill at Goldfield

Release Date: Feb 5, 2013  

The Central Arizona Wildland Response Team (CAWRT)is a consortium of central Arizona fire agencies who respond to wildland fire incidents throughout Arizona and other states when assistance is requested. These incidents often threaten lives and communities, infrastructure and natural resources and can even impact local and state economies.

The goal of the CAWRT wildland fire exercise is to promote the safe and efficient operations of fire personnel at local, state and national incidents. Participants operate in a National Incident Management System command structure, review fire safety topics and perform evolutions found on fire assignments in an interagency environment. Training and performance evaluation is provided by experienced local, state and federal evaluators which enhances safety practices and gives crews a chance to improve on tactics and skills. Opportunities for trainees are available.

Since inception in 2004, this drill has included annual participation by over 40 engines and water tenders and over 200 personnel. This drill is approved by the Arizona State Forestry Division as Annual Refresher Training (RT-130).

The two-day drill will use the same format each day providing scheduling flexibility. A lunch will be available at $5.00 per person cash on drill day. Personnel should bring drinking water. Overnight camping is available if needed. All PPE and equipment typical of a fire assignment should be brought to the drill. The drill begins at 0800 and concludes at 1700 hours.

Agencies attending must email jstaples@rioverdefire.org with dates, resource type and number of personnel attending each day.

For additional CAWRT information, contact CAWRT Chair: Mike Godleski: Godleski@suncityfire.com or Co-chair Todd Foster: Todd_Foster@tempe.gov

CAWRT  Interagency Wildland Urban/Interface Fire Exercise Flyer (PDF)