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Wildfire Academy

The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (NYWIMA), which ran from October 24 through November 2, 2014 concluded its sevententh year of operations and has now provided training to more than 6,800 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 2014 Academy a success.

This year NYWIMA conducted its third Brush Truck Training course oriented toward volunteer firefighters, which focused on two 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 Deer Park, East Hampton, Flanders, Mastic, Nesconset, Patchogue, and West 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.

Participating fire departments in the Spring 2014 courses included: Brentwood, Cutchogue, Eastport, East Quouge, Flanders, Gordon Heights, Hagerman, Kings Park, Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Massapequa, North Babylon, North Sea, Patchogue, Shelter Island, West Babylon and West Sayville.

Fall 2013 participating volunteer fire departments included Eastport, Flanders, Lakeland, North Babylon, Orient and Westhampton Beach.

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 Albertson, Coram, East Moriches, East Rockaway, Farmingville and Northport participated in this Basic Firefighting sessions.

In total, approximately 555 personnel participated in the 2014 Academy. Participants included 39 overhead staff members and 58 instructors from federal, state and local agencies. Of this total, 425 students were students/emergency responders representing 29 states. The Academy also trained 33 members of local and regional emergency response teams in various Incident Command System roles. In addition, five firefighters from Canadian firefighting units participated in the 2014 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, 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.

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.



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