[4/29/19] Fire Training

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More than 500 firefighters will receive training in basic and advanced wildland firefighting skills next month at the Central Washington Interagency Fire Training Academy in Yakima. This academy is part of a larger coordinated effort that gives agencies responsible for responding to Washington’s wildfires the opportunity to train together before fighting fire together.

The Fire Training Academy is an interagency effort hosted by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with more than 15 other state, federal, and tribal agencies, and 50 fire districts and departments in Washington State. The academy provides nationally certified training for new, mid-level and senior-level firefighters.

Firefighters will participate in a live fire suppression training (weather dependent) in a thinned area on DNR managed forest land on May 19, providing a hands-on experience in a controlled situation. Each academy uses local, state and federal firefighters’ expertise to teach the courses.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources maintains the largest wildland fire response organization in the state of Washington. Every year, DNR hosts wildfire training academies to provide quality wildland fire training at no-cost to interagency firefighting partners.

Experienced crews when not in classes at the academes are assigned to “initial attack” teams to provide a standing wildfire response resource for the region and there is a plan in place to directly deploy these strike teams from the academy if needed.

These academies prepare hundreds of wildland firefighters for the coming season, and develop the leaders needed in the coming years.

For more information visit: www.dnr.wa.gov/wildfiretraining