LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A new class of defenders are ready to fight wildfires this summer.
Recruits of the Texas Forest Service's Wildfire Academy practiced using a bull dozer in the field.
The students are finishing up training so they can begin battling wildfires already popping-up with the dry weather.
"We're just using one of our new dozers we just purchased. One of our Cat D5's. We're giving new personnel that we're training up on this equipment an opportunity to run it in the field before they actually get on a wild fire," said Steve Anderson, Fire Resource Specialist IV.
The dozers are called in to push brush and trees aside to create a fire line. They slow down the spread of uncontrolled fire.
The class familiarizes students with the language and equipment.