Training Begins at Az Wildfire & Incident Management Academy
Incident: Az Wildfire and Incident Mg MT Academy Wildfire
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The tenth annual Arizona Wildfire & Incident Management Academy kicked off training Saturday at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Over 600 students are involved in the week-long event to prepare for the 2012 fire season.
In honor of the tenth anniversary, a theme has been added to this year's academy, "Let's Always Remember the Lessons Learned." Each day, instructors will challenge the students with discussion about the importance of learning from past experiences.
Students include firefighters in federal, state, local and volunteer departments. This year, 83 students are enrolled in Basic Firefighter training designed for entry level firefighters. Almost 100 instructors and staff share their knowledge and experience with students during the academy.
The Academy is managed under the Incident Command System like a real event with check-in, morning briefings and planning meetings. Students include firefighters in federal, state, local and volunteer departments. Instruction offered includes leadership, ignition operations, wildland fire chain saws and portable pumps. Various field exercises are held throughout the week to reinforce material learned in the classroom.
Pete Gordon, Incident Commander for the Academy says, "This training is an outstanding example of collaboration among local, state, and federal agencies for fire and incident management training. We are looking forward to providing a motivational, challenging and fun week for the students."
The Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy is a non-profit organization with the mission of developing professional and safe responses in the wildland environment by offering training and education that meets National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards.
If you wish to visit the Academy, please call the Information Center between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 928-777-3473.