Riverbend Gears Up for Fire Season

Youth at the transitional facility trained this week for their wildland firefighting certification.

Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility near La Grande has a long-time training program to help youth in OYA custody become certified wildland firefighters.

The youth started getting ready for the latest fire season this week by training on a controlled burn for learning purposes (check out the photos below).

They also had a number of youth taking the pack test this week, which involves traveling three miles on foot, with a 45-pound weight vest, and finishing in 45 minutes or less. The pack test is a requirement for certification.

Photos by Ben Heckman, Riverbend assistant camp director

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