This function, which served as a drill for our organization, was held in Barstow with several local and military fire departments participating. Seven condemned houses were used for fire control training and subsequently burned to the ground.
The RACES provided support communications between the incident commander, logistics, safety, operations, and each training site during the exercise.
It isn't often that we have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training, and we feel it gave us experience which will enable us to be better prepared to serve and interact with agencies requiring our resources should a large scale emergency occur.
-- Fred Williamson, KK6FL, Chief Radio Officer, City of Barstow, California