USA — Approximately 700 students already are registered for the eighth annual Arizona Wildfire & Incident Management Academy that will take place March 13-19 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.
While many classes are full, such as Basic Firefighting, openings remain in some courses.
The academy will offer more than 40 classes to prepare firefighters for the 2010 fire season.
Student tuition at the academy is $70 per day, which includes all course materials, breakfast, lunch and tent camping onsite at Embry-Riddle. Hotel accommodations are available at additional cost. To register for the academy, visit www.azwildfireacademy.org.
For those interested in the training but who are unable to pay for it, the academy also offers scholarships to help offset costs. To apply for a scholarship, look for the application on the website.
“I believe that we offer some of the most cost-effective, quality training anywhere,” said Don Howard, incident commander for the academy. “The courses we offer range from basic to advanced and are taught by people well-respected in their fields.
“Part of our mission at the academy is to help prepare firefighters to safely and effectively accomplish the missions that they are asked to perform. We are proud of the training we offer and look forward to a fun and educational week for all of our students.”
Academy students include firefighters in federal, state, local and volunteer departments from many states. Besides working to provide the skills and technical expertise required to meet the challenge that wildland fire poses, the academy also provides an opportunity for trainee assignments for those interested in learning more about incident management.
The Arizona Wildfire Academy is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing professional and safe responses in the wildland environment by offering training and education that meet National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards.
Training courses available at the 2010 academy include Basic Firefighting and Wildland Fire Behavior; Leadership; Wildfire Power Saws; Fire Operations in the Urban Interface; Prescribed Fire Implementation; upper-level Incident Command; and many others.