JOHN DAY - The Malheur National Forest will be hosting Oregon OSHA Fire Training, Annual Fire Refresher, and Fire Shelter Deployment Refresher, April 23 and May 7, at the Malheur National Forest Office on Patterson Bridge Road in John Day. The Oregon OSHA training will start at 8 a.m. The Fire Shelter Deployment and Annual Fire Refresher will start at 1 p.m.

These sessions are limited to the first 50 people who sign up. Walk-ins are not guaranteed a slot in the training.

Annual Fire Shelter Deployment Refresher and Annual Fire Refresher are mandatory for all people who might go to the fireline on a National Forest, regardless if they have had it previously.

If you are going to be an AD hire such as a driver or faller you will need to bring a picture ID and your Social Security card with you to fill out form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). If a company providing equipment such as dozers employs you, you will not need to fill out an I-9.

Information on the 2005 Emergency Equipment Rental agreements will be made available as soon as possible.

If you do not have an Emergency Equipment Rental Agreement or you signed an agreement during the fire season of 2004 and would like to sign up a piece of equipment for 2005, go online at www.fs.fed.us/r6/ uma/contract/eera.htm and fill out the form.

Forms are also available at the front desk of the federal building in John Day or at the front desk at the Prairie City Ranger District.

For more information or to sign-up for the training, call Malheur Dispatch at (541) 575-3107.

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