San Bernardino, CA, April 30, 2012, 8:00am – The CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit is conducting field exercises this week. The purpose of the exercises is to test firefighter readiness for this year’s high fire hazard period. The exercises create opportunities for the firefighters and fire crews to work together and promote teamwork and safety. The training will be conducted from 7am to 3pm daily through Thursday, west of Sierra Avenue, north of the I-15 Freeway. San Bernardino Unit Firefighters and fire crews will rotate through the exercises each day. They’ll be tested on several areas including a timed hike, fire shelter deployment, progressive hose lays, and hand line construction. The fire crew buses will also be inspected for mechanical and operational readiness. The four-day training period allows the Chief Officers to observe the level of readiness and safety awareness of the firefighters and the fire crews.