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2015 Fall Fire Academy Information for Attendees

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Academy Extends 2015 Fall Academy Registration Deadline to October 9

Due to the extremely busy fire season NYWIMA has extended the registration deadline for the 2015 October Academy to Friday, October 9, 2015. All registrations will remain at the normal registration rate of $70 per day (excluding flat fee classes). The late registration fee has been waived. Any agencies facing payment issues, please contact the Academy office at 631-769-1556 to find out about payment arrangements for classes.

Cancelled Classes

The Academy regrets that the following classes had to be cancelled due to low student enrollment.

  • S-215 - Fire Operations in the Wildland / Urban Interface
  • S-270/271 - Basic Air Operations and Interagency Helicopter Training
  • AWR-326 - Tornado Awareness
  • PER-304 Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery

The Fall 2015 Academy brochure is now available by clicking on the link on the right side of this page. The 2015 Academy is scheduled to run from October 22 to November 1, 2015. Online registration for 2015 and registration for access to Brookhaven National Lab are available by clicking on the links on the right side of the page.

New Course

AWR-326 - Tornado Awareness - October 30

This awareness level course helps participants to better understand the basics of tornado science, the weather forecasting process, and the tornado warning process. Participants will also be better able to implement safety measures for themselves, their families and their organizations in preparation for tornado season.

Course Modules Include:

  • Science of tornadoes
  • Weather forecast process
  • Tornado warning process
  • Tornado safety

Individuals who are interested in this free course can register for it at www.nywima.com

The Academy will be operated in a fire-camp environment (meaning the daily operations are similar to what you would see at an actual fire-camp). To ensure the smooth operation of the Academy, the following rules apply to all individuals:

Incident Check-In and Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) Information

The following links all leave DEC's website.

  • Check-in will begin no earlier than 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 22rd. You may also check-in daily between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. You will find out your classroom assignments at this time. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some classes may run longer if an exam is involved.
  • The Academy is located at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). You will be required to have a photo ID with you to enter this facility. Follow the NYWIMA signs to Berkner Hall (Bldg. 488) where you will check- in to the Academy. Directions to the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be available in the cafeteria beginning Friday morning October 23rd. NOTE: All meals will be at your own expense.

For Dormitory Lodging:
Contact: BNL Housing at (631)344-2541

  1. You must first complete the BNL guest online registration before you reserve your dormitory room.
  2. Next to register for your dorm room you must complete the guest registration form. (you will need your BNL guest registration #)

**Housing Hours of Operation:**
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - Midnight Saturday - Closed Sunday - 4 p.m. - Midnight
AFTER HOURS: You can check in at Security on Upton Road across from the Brookhaven Center


Special rates have been arranged with the following hotels:

Hyatt Hotel of Riverhead - (631)208-0002
Special Academy rate of $89 per night (state you are reserving under the NY Wildfire Academy)
Includes hot continental breakfast and shuttle service.
Located at 451 E. Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901 next to the Atlantis Aquarium.

Hampton Inn of Farmingville - (631)732-7300
www.hamptoninnbrookhaven.com (honoring Double Hilton Honor points)
Special Academy Rate of $85 per night (use group code "NYS" to make a reservation)
Includes hot continental breakfast and shuttle service.
Located at 2000 North Ocean Ave. Farmingville, NY 11738

Marriott Springhill Suites of Bellport - (631)924-0090
Special Academy rate of $89 per night
Includes hot continental breakfast and shuttle service.
Located at 2 Sawgrass Dr. Bellport, NY 11713

Hilton Garden Inn - (631)727-2733
Special Academy rate of $99 per night
Includes hot continental breakfast and shuttle service.
Located at 2038 Old Country Rd. Riverhead, NY 11901

**Reference the NY Wildfire Academy when making your arrangements**

Class Information

The following links all leave DEC's website

  • If you are enrolled in the S-130/190 Field Day, S-212, S-219, S-230, S-236, S-270/271, S-336, S-390, RX-341, PER-304, ISMTT there is student pre-work required. Please read and/or complete the pre-work and bring it with you to class, unless otherwise specified. All the above can be found on-line at http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses.html
  • For the S-130/190 Field Day Course students should go to:

NWCG S-130 Firefighter Training

NWCG S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

  • FOR SOCIAL MEDIA CLASSES (PER-304 and ISMTT) - Students must obtain a FEMA SID and register for the class through their training site: https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/training
  • Students must complete pre-test & post-test will be completed through this site following the class. Students must provide their own Wifi capable laptop or tablet. PCs running Windows must run Windows 7 or higher.

Training Information

  • Task books will not be issued at the Academy. They are to be initiated by your home unit. For those who bring a Task Book, a Training Specialist (TNSP) will be present to work with you and your trainer to ensure you receive proper credit for those tasks you have satisfactorily completed.
  • Every morning beginning at 8:00 a.m. there is a Daily Briefing given by the staff alerting everyone to the locations of the classes, how you will be getting to these if they are off site, any changes that might have been made in the schedule, safety issues, the weather and a daily welcome by the Incident Commander and Academy Coordinator. Please make every effort to attend these daily. There will be evening presentations during the week. A schedule of events will be posted in the Check-In/Information area.
  • While in class, casual dress is the norm.
  • Students enrolled in wildland firefighting courses who have copies of standard wildland firefighting guides (i.e. Incident Response Pocket Guide, etc.) should bring these guides to class.. If you do not have a copy, they will be available for purchase at the Commissary.

Emergency and BNL Information

  • The emergency phone number during the Academy is (631)394-5451. This phone will be available for your family to call and leave a message for you in case of an emergency only.
  • In the event of course cancellations due to weather emergencies or other events the Academy will be making attempts to update it's website at the New York Wildlife & Incident Management Academy, our webpage at the DEC, and on our Facebook page.
  • Mail service will not be provided. There is a Post Office on the premises.

Registration Confirmation Information

  • If you find any errors on your confirmation or your invoice please notify us ASAP so that the error may be corrected. Finance can be reached at (631) 769-1556 - Kathy Delligatti.

Academy staff, overhead and instructors will work as hard as possible to make your training experience a positive one and we all look forward to your arrival.

If you have any questions about future Academy class offerings, or the New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, you may e-mail the Academy at fire.academy@dec.ny.gov or nywima@pb.state.ny.us or call directly at 631-769-1556.

Additional Training Opportunities

The Academy has also provided individual training sessions for a variety of large organizations that wanted training for their entire workforce. Courses put on by Academy staff included

  • I-300 - Intermediate ICS with NIMS
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior
  • S-212 Wildfire Powersaws
  • S-215 Fire Operations in the Urban Interface

More information on these individual training programs can be found by calling or e-mailing the Academy.

The Central Pine Barrens Commission's Wildfire Task Force conducts the Academy with a consortium of federal, state and county agencies including: (Federal) Brookhaven National Lab, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, United States Coast Guard, United States Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service; (State) Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, New Jersey Forest Fire Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and (City, County and Other Organizations) Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services, and the Colorado Wildfire Academy.

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