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2018 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2018

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232

 

2018 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open

 

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Registration is now open for the 2018 Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Ft. Pierre, SD on March 22-25. The academy is put on by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division with assistance from their federal partners.

 

This event provides a quality training experience for volunteer fire departments and state and federal firefighters. Fifty percent Volunteer Fire Assistance reimbursement grant funds are still available for volunteer departments to offset the costs of participation. Departments wishing to do this must send their applications to Jim Burk, Assistant Chief of Operations by close of business on March 2. More information can be found at http://wildlandfire.sd.gov/admin/VFA.aspx.

 

Firefighter and public safety is always the number one objective in wildland firefighting. “We support this objective by providing quality training opportunities such as this academy,” said Tamara Dierks, training specialist. “Firefighters not only get to expand their knowledge base, but they get to know one another, fostering relationships and trust that further support our mission.”

 

For a list of classes and details to register, visit:   http://reg.abcsignup.com/view/view_month.aspx?as=14&wp=86&aid=SDFA.

 

Students attending National Wildfire Coordinating Group courses must have their Incident Command System (ICS) classes up to date in order to receive certification. Minimum ICS courses include ICS-100 and ICS-700. Additional prerequisite qualifications or courses may be required dependent upon training level.

 

For more information, please contact Tamara Dierks, South Dakota Wildland Fire at 605.393.4229 or email Tamara.Dierks@state.sd.us.

 

South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire and on Twitter @SDWildlandFire.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

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