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Wildfire Academy

The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (Academy) will hold its second ever Brush Truck Training Course for the Volunteer Fire Service this March.

The brush truck course, which will be taught by a combination of local and national instructors, is based on a national training program, but has been specifically adapted to the unique situations found in Long Island's fire prone Pine Barrens region.

The Brush Truck Training Course will consist of two days of classroom training on March, 15 and 16. On the following weekend volunteer firefighters will spend approximately three hours on either March 22 or 23 maneuvering brush trucks through forested and sandy areas.

The Academy is holding this course in late March in order to better prepare volunteer firefighters for the wildland firefighting season on Long Island which reaches its peak in April.

During the 2013 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, the Academy debuted this course which attracted volunteer firefighters from Eastport, Flanders, Lakeland, North Babylon, Orient and Westhampton Beach volunteer fire departments.

Training will be conducted at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank on New York State Department of Environmental property in Ridge. There will be a $20 training materials fee per firefighter. Brush trucks only need to be driven to this class on the designated driving day.

Class registrations must be received by the close of business on Friday, March 7, 2014. If you have any questions about the Brush Truck Training Course Academy, you may E-Mail the Academy at NYWIMA@pb.state.ny.us or call directly at 631-769-1556. You may e-mail the Academy at fireacad@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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, 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.

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