After Hours Emergency Contactnewsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu
20, 2014 – BASTROP, Texas – Firefighters from across the country will soon
converge at Camp Swift in Bastrop, to attend one of the nation’s largest
17th Annual Capital Area Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy,
held from Oct. 24 –Nov. 6, is designed for all levels of municipal, rural
volunteer and wildland firefighters. The academy has hosted thousands of
attendees from all over the world.
36 different classes ranging from basic to advanced firefighting and leadership
to emergency vehicle and dozer operations, attendees have the option to choose
the class most applicable for their needs.
proud of the success of this Texas interagency wildfire academy,” Jan Amen,
academy public information officer said. “Students from previous years are
coming back as instructors with vast experience. Our focus is safety and
teaching firefighters how to safely respond to fires and minimize unnecessary
cost is $60 per day and includes breakfast, lunch and course materials.
Volunteer firefighters can be reimbursed for this cost through the Rural Volunteer
Fire Department Assistance Program, a grants program funded by the state
and administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.
is one of the premiere interagency fire academies in the nation,” Chris
Angerer, academy incident commander said. “We offer a variety of classes for
the many different fire service disciplines. Students get vital information,
training and needed qualifications to help them progress in the wildland firefighting
academy is a joint effort coordinated by Texas Army National Guard, Texas
A&M Forest Service, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, National Weather Service, The Nature Conservancy,
National Wildfire Coordinating Group, Texas Wildfire Association, Bastrop Fire
Department and Bastrop County.
more information, go to the Texas
Interagency Coordinating Center training page or contact the academy
registrar at AcademyRegistrar@tfs.tamu.edu
Editor’s Note: Media is invited to attend the
annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service Wednesday, Oct. 29. If
you’re interested in attending the service, please call Academy Public
Information Officer Jan Amen at 936-546-1004. Reservations are requested.
Amen, Academy Public Information Officer
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