Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy offered in April |

Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy offered in April

LINCOLN, Neb. – The third annual Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy will be April 10-18 at Ft. Robinson State Park near Crawford.

The academy offers wildland fire and incident management training using local firefighters to meet the needs of northwest Nebraska firefighters, said Casey McCoy, wildland fire training manager at the Nebraska Forest Service.

The mission of the wildfire academy is to provide high-quality training at little or no cost, he said.

Preregistration is required and early registration is strongly encouraged as class sizes are limited. Payment and registration are due by March 26. Registration cost is $30 per student, per class.

Courses offered are: Basic Firefighting, Advanced Firefighter Training, Crew Boss (Single Resource), Engine Boss, Basic Air Operations, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior and Fire Prevention Education Team Member. Classes begin at 8 a.m. each day.

An annual Red Card Refresher course will be available the evening of April 10. Firefighters may attend the training to renew their Red Card for the 2010 fire season. Current issues will be discussed with emphasis on safety and LCES. Participants will be required to deploy a fire shelter successfully. Registration for this refresher training is preferred but not required.

Lodging and meals are available at Ft. Robinson for an additional charge. Privately owned vehicles are required to display a valid Nebraska State Park Permit. Permits are available at the park. For more information on Ft. Robinson, see the Nebraska Game and Parks Web site at

For more information about the Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy, contact Casey McCoy at (402) 472-6634 or or visit the Nebraska Forest Service Web site at

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