LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Texas A&M Forest Service will host the 21st Annual East Texas Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy.
During the training academy, firefighters and emergency responders will train and learn how to combat wildfires and complex, large disasters. The training will familiarize emergency responders with the Incident Command System with is the framework used to respond and manage disasters,
"The training academy allows wildland firefighting professionals from across the stat the opportunity to develop the skills needed to keep Texas' communities safe from wildfire," said Weldon Dent, a Public Information Officer with the Texas A&M Forest Service.
The Academy is a joint effort between Texas emergency response agencies that helps provide training to all firefighters of all levels.
The classes are accredited by the National Wildfire Coordination Group. The are 18 classes set as part of the Academy, with classes taught by the Texas A&M Forest Service, U. S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The Academy hosts more approximately 230 students from various backgrounds and agencies. Students include emergency responders from paid and volunteer fire departments, state and federal agencies from Texas and from around the nation. They come from 10 states, including Texas.
The cost to attend the academy varies from $55 to $275 depending on the courses taken. Reimbursements will be proved to qualifying fire departments through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program and the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System.
The East Texas Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy will take place in Angelina College from May 15 to the 24.