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Salt River Agency Tribal Nations Response Team

Pima Agency Fire staff along with Salt River Agency Fire staff stand with participants from the Community (center) Stacey Loring, Teya Johnson-Tiger, Taden Peck, Devonte Miller and Tommy Thomas.

Some members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are training to be part of the Tribal Nations Response Team (TNRT), an on-call response team for the Salt River Fire Department or any community requesting assistance to help with brush fires.

Students of the National Response Team get closer to completing all their testing.
On Friday, February 17, the Salt River Fire Department held a ceremony for a handful of trainees who completed a section of their final test. The remaining section of the final test is a 3-mile trek to be completed in less than a few hours while carrying a pack weighing more than 30 pounds.

Participants, who are age 18 to 24, completed 40 hours of classroom study and field training to prepare them as firefighters to battle emergency wildfires around the Valley, Arizona and country.

SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier stops by the training to congratulate the participants on their journey to becoming heroes in their communities, around the valley and for bravely accepting the challenge.
Youth outreach drew a few students from the Community, including some from Salt River High School and the Accelerated Learning Academy program, as well as other Community members. Participants also included members from the Gila River Indian Community, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Jicarilla Apache Reservation, Navajo Nation and surrounding cities.

Participants from the Community were Stacey Loring, Tommy Thomas, Devonte Miller, Teya Johnson-Tiger and Taden Peck.

Salt River High School and ALA students: Devonte Miller, Teya Johnson-Tiger and Taden Peck stand with Vice-President Martin Harvier in front of Salt River Fire Department's Brush Truck.