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The Delaware Forest Service held its 2021 Fire Camp at Blackbird State Forest (502 Blackbird Forest Road, Smyrna DE 19977).
This year’s sessions was ONLY for those who completed the required course work AND plan to take a western firefighting assignment.
In order to qualify for Fire Camp, all new firefighters must have completed all required training courses online. Details on required training is at http://de.gov/firecrew.
For more information on next year’s camp, contact:
Delaware Forest Service
2320 S. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
There was no “live” controlled burn fire situation this year. The intensive one-day seminar is the capstone of the agency’s wildfire training program to certify its emergency firefighters to meet National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards. Fire Camp fosters teamwork and unit cohesion among wildfire crew members. In addition to completing an arduous “work capacity test” – which involves carrying a 45-pound pack over a three-mile course in less than 45 minutes – crew members will receive instruction in several key areas: wildfire suppression techniques, how weather affects fire behavior, crew mobilization and teamwork, water pumps, and chainsaw usage.
Fire Camp marks the completion of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual wildfire training cycle and can result in “red-card” certification as an FFT2 for the upcoming 2021 fire season. Delaware has the ability to send out multiple crews over the course of the year. In 2020, the Delaware Forest Service sent its crew to Arizona and California as the National Preparedness Level climbed to its maximum level of 5.
Check out this video from the 2019 Fire Camp at Blackbird State Forest.
Due to the event, state forest visitors should be aware that parking at the picnic pavilion and trail head areas on the Tybout Tract may be limited. Please call 302-653-6505 with questions.