2013 Fire Academy Information
The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (NYWIMA), which ran from October 25 through November 3, 2013 concluded its sixteenth year of operations and has now provided training to more than 6,500 firefighters and emergency response personnel over its existence.
The Academy would like to thank all of the students, staff and overhead team members for their assistance, hard work and flexibility in making the 2013 Academy a success.
In 2013, NYWIMA conducted an inaugural Brush Truck Training course oriented toward volunteer firefighters, which focused on three days of classroom instruction which stressed typical Long Island wildland fire situations and a one-day actual in-the-field driving, handling and operational experience designed to closely simulate conditions encountered during actual wildfire incidents.
Participants in the course included volunteer firefighters from Eastport, Westhampton Beach, Flanders, Orient, Lakeland and North Babylon who brought their brush trucks for the driving section of the course conducted on forested New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) managed lands and on a sandy course chosen to simulate some of the looser soil conditions volunteer firefighters might encounter on a wildland firefighting response. NYWIMA received positive feedback for this training and will therefore seek to repeat this course in the future.
In addition to the Brush Truck training course the Academy also offered free training for volunteer firefighters in Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior and Fire Operations in the Urban Interface. To further aid volunteer firefighting training the Academy also offered the online version of the Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior course which only requires a one-day field day commitment. Volunteers from a number of volunteer fire departments, including Floral Park Kings Park, and Melville participated in this training session.
In total, approximately 419 personnel participated in the 2013 Academy. Participants included 37 overhead staff members and 43 instructors from federal, state and local agencies. Of this total, 326 students were students/emergency responders representing 31 states. The Academy also trained 18 members of local and regional emergency response teams in various Incident Command System roles. In addition, three firefighters from Greece and one firefighter from Spain also participated in the 2013 Academy.
The Central Pine Barrens Commission's Wildfire Task Force conducted 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, Stony Brook Southampton College and (City, County and Other Organizations) Dowling College, Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services, and the Colorado Wildfire Academy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call directly at 631-769-1556.
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