February 3, 2014 – BROWNWOOD, Texas – Firefighters are invited to attend a
wildfire academy at Camp Bowie, Texas in preparation for the 2014 wildfire season.
In an effort to enhance skills and learn new firefighting
techniques, responders from across the country will get hands-on experience
utilizing the National Wildfire Coordination Group training standards.
“This academy offers a great chance for all firefighters to
better their skills in fighting wildfires. These courses help us all protect
our communities more effectively and go home safe at the end of the day,” said
Phillip Truitt, Texas A&M Forest Service wildland urban interface
The Central Texas Wildfire Academy held from Feb. 13 - 17
accommodates all skill levels of municipal, rural and wildland
firefighters. Participants will have the
option to choose classes that interest and best serve them including: introductory, intermediate, advanced and squad
boss, ignition operations, and tanker shuttle courses.
The cost is $20 per day, and does not include meals. Firefighters
approved for grant funding through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department
Assistance Program or the TIFMAS Grant Assistance Program are not required to
pay for training.
“There are many great grant opportunities from the Texas
A&M Forest Service to pay for training if any volunteer fire departments
are worried about costs to attend” said Charles Tice, Texas A&M Forest
Service, regional fire coordinator.
The academy is a joint effort between the Texas Army
National Guard, Dam Volunteer Fire Department and Texas A&M Forest Service.
For more information and registration for the Central Texas
Wildfire Academy, visit the Texas
Interagency Coordinating Center. To complete a grant application for
firefighter training tuition visit texasfd.com.
Applications must be received prior to training.
Note: Members of
the media are invited to attend a
prescribed burn scheduled for Monday, Feb. 17 and are invited for visits throughout
the academy. If you are interested in
attending please contact Academy Public Information Officer Phillip Truitt at
Truitt, Academy Public Information Officer
Jackson, Communications Specialist