Wildfire Training Academies
   

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Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academies

Every year, DNR hosts three wildfire training academies to provide quality wildland fire training at no-cost to interagency firefighting partners. Each academy uses local, state and federal firefighters' expertise to teach the courses.
 
The focus of the academies is to provide training in coordination with cooperating firefighting agencies to increase capacity and interagency coordination. 
 
The academies will offer a suite of courses in essential wildland firefighting skills, from basic to advanced levels. The courses will meet the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards, and upon successful completion of the class, a student will receive a certificate. To simulate the operational organization of a wildland fire response incident, the academies operate under the Incident Command System. This allows firefighters to become familiar with ICS and assists them with future deployments.
 
This training allows agencies responsible for responding to wildfires the opportunity to train together before fighting fire together, building trust with one another and introducing common language throughout all agencies.
 
The academies are a joint operation of DNR, USFS, county fire districts and tribes. Firefighters train in basic and advanced wildland firefighting skills.

Who can participate?

If you are affiliated with local, state, federal or tribal firefighting agencies who participate in wildland fire suppression, you are eligible to register for an academy.

Registration Information

Registration information will be under each academy. Announcements will be posted as they become available.

Lodging

The academies are held using a “fire camp” setting, which means there will be morning briefings, tent camping, showers and catered meals.

Meals

Meals will only be provided for participants staying overnight at the academies. Participants traveling daily to and from the academies are responsible for providing their own meals. When registering, there is an opportunity to indicate special dietary needs.

Course Schedule

Course dates and start times are determined using a needs analysis. Once determined, the course schedule will be posted.

Fire Training Academies

Central Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy

May 16-25, 2017
Naches, WA
 
Contacts:
Bob Marshall at bob.marshall@dnr.wa.gov or 509-925-0903
Becky Dolan at rebecca.dolan@dnr.wa.gov or 360-854-2824
 
For more information about the Central Training Academy, see Academy Information.
 
For more information about the courses, see the Course Offerings.
 
The Central Academy registration is open from February 21 - April 1 at 5 p.m., click here to register.
 

Eastern Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy

June 17-25, 2017
Deer Park, WA
 
Contact:
Lynn Kenworthy at lynn.kenworthy@dnr.wa.gov or 509-685-6908 or cell 509-675-7650
 
For more information about this academy, see the Course Offerings.
 
The Eastern Academy registration is open through May 15, 2017, click here to register.

Western Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy

June 20-28, 2017
Rainier, WA
 
Contact:
Andy Aschenbrenner at andy.aschenbrenner@dnr.wa.gov or 360-902-1792
 
The Western Washington Academy registration is open from March 3 - May 5 at 5 p.m, click here to register.
 
For more information about this academy, see the Course Offerings.
 
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