Alex Marconi, an Idyllwild Fire Department volunteer, helps a young future firefighter use a hose during the Fire Safe Council’s Firefighter Muster on Saturday. Idyllwild Fire was one many local fire and public safety agencies that participated in this year’s event. Photo by Doris Jean Lombard

A hands-on sawing demonstration at the Firefighter Muster on Saturday at the Idyllwild Community Center Site. Photo by Barbara Reese

Fonzie goes after, “bad guy” officer Shelley Murrell, in a bite suit, as officer Mark Snyder gives Fonzie commands. Murrell is a canine handler with the U.S. Forest Service in the San Jacinto Ranger District. Snyder is a canine handler in Big Bear Ranger District. Photo by Barbara Reese

A future firefighter? Photo by Barbara Reese

Retired equipment were part of the muster too. Photo by Barbara Reese

Smokey Bear attended the Fire Safe Council’s 2012 Firefight Muster. Photo by Doris Jean Lombard

Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council President Mike Esnard emcees the event. Photo by Doris Jean Lombard

One of the Fire Safe Council’s contractors demonstrates tree trimming and defensible spacing. Photo by Doris Jean Lombard