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The Delaware Forest Service’s Annual Fire Camp will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Blackbird State Forest from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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.
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 hands-on instruction in several key areas: wildfire suppression, the effect of weather on fire behavior, crew mobilization, water pump and chainsaw usage, and culminating with a “live” controlled burn fire situation.
Contact: Kyle Hoyd, Assistant Forestry Administrator, Delaware Forest Service
The Delaware Forest Service is always looking for motivated recruits to enroll in wildfire training classes at the Delaware State Fire School, located at 1461 Chestnut Grove Road, Dover. There is no cost for training and no previous experience is necessary. However, candidates must be over 18 years of age, willing to learn, physically fit, and able to travel for at least two weeks at a time, usually in the summer months. Attendance at all classes is required for prospective wildland firefighters to achieve “red-card” certification from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). Students will also complete a “work capacity” or “pack test” by carrying a 45-pound pack over a three-mile course in 45 minutes or less.
* Students must also pass two prerequisite courses before classes.
These can be completed online (below) at the FEMA website.
For more information, call 302-698-4548
Are you interested in participating in an adventure of a lifetime? Would you like to help protect human lives, property and precious natural resources during a national crisis? Do you have the mental fortitude, physical stamina and work flexibility to spend 14 days on a fireline far from home?
Every year, millions of acres of forests, marshes, and grasslands across the United States are ravaged by wildfire. But thanks to a training program sponsored by the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and the Delaware State Fire School, citizens from across the First State can qualify to serve on national fire crews. Since 1996, the Delaware Forest Service has trained more than 600 volunteer firefighters, and now every fire season deploys 20-person crews for out-of-state wildfire assignments.
The program is growing and in need of additional firefighters who are interested in assisting the national effort to control and contain devastating wildfires. Delaware used to send one crew a year, but now can send multiple crews. In 2013, two separate crews fought fires in Alaska, Utah, and Idaho.
Visit the “FAQ” page for answers about the wildfire program: Frequently Asked Questions
Download the Wildland Fire Program Brochure