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By Alex Groves
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Inmates practice fire preparedness skills during Wildland Preparedness Exercise near Hemet


Last updated 4/25/2018 at 2:30pm

Shane Gibson

Inmate fire crews arrive at Bautista Canyon and begin their tool out exercise during the annual Wildland Preparedness Exercise, April 18.

Inmate firefighter crews were showing off their tools, digging fire lines and practicing drills for a training exercise southwest of Hemet last week.

Crews from Riverside County's three inmate camps participated in the annual Wildland Preparedness Exercise Wednesday, April 18, on Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indian land.

The event, part of a certification process for inmates and their supervisors, makes sure the inmates are prepared to go out and fight wildfires.

Seventeen fire crews comprised of both new and experienced inmate firefighters from the Bautista Camp, Oak Glen Camp and Norco Camp...

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