2000 Wildfire Academy Photo Album
The (NYWIMA) New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy was held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Berkner Hall, from October 27 through November 5, 2000.
Throughout the week, the Academy offered 25 courses in wildland firefighting and the Incident Command System (ICS). All training was conducted according to National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards. Participation in 2000 included 444 students, 31 instructors, and 31 Overhead Staff. Participants represented 24 states and Puerto Rico over 61 agencies and seven private corporations.
From initial check-in to final demobilization, the NYWIMA is managed to mirror an actual incident utilizing the Incident Command System (ICS) under the direction of an Incident Management Team (IMT) and its members.
Key to building interagency cooperation among firefighting agencies is familiarization with capabilities of firefighting personnel and their equipment.
Students in S-130/190, Basic Wildland Firefighting/Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, begin the three-mile pack test, part of the requirements for "Red Card" certification as a Wildland Firefighter.
Students in S-130/190 utilize teamwork to build fireline.
S-205 firefighters begin firing operations.
Firefighters in S-205, Fire Operations in the Urban Interface, participate in a pre-shift briefing prior to lighting prescribed fires on the grounds at Otis Pike Preserve.
Firefighters work to contain one of the many prescribed fires set as part of the NYWIMA's field instruction training.
DEC conducts the Academy each year along with a consortium of other agencies including the United States Forest Service; Brookhaven National Laboratory; New York State Emergency Management Office; Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services; Suffolk County Fire Academy; Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation; Central Pine Barrens Commission; Central Pine Barrens Wildfire Task Force; The Nature Conservancy; and the Colorado Wildfire Academy.
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