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2015 Fall Fire Academy Information

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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

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.

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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