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2017 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open


For Immediate Release:  February 10, 2017
Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232

2017 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Registration is open for the 2017 Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Ft. Pierre, S.D., on March 23-26. The academy is put on by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division.

This event provides valuable training experience for volunteer fire departments (VFD), state and federal firefighters. Grant funds are available for VFD’s to offset the costs of participation.

South Dakota Wildland Fire training specialist Tamara Dierks says, “A quality training experience provides firefighters with the tools to perform safely, develop leadership skills and gain higher qualifications. Not only does this foster high quality firefighters, but it allows them to network with people from all over the state creating relationships that benefit everyone from the local VFD to the citizens of South Dakota.”

The registration deadline is March 12. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $30 per student. For a list of classes and details to register, visit: http://reg.abcsignup.com/view/view_month.aspx?as=14&wp=86&aid=SDFA. These are certified National Wildfire Coordinating Group courses, so any student attending must have their Incident Command System (ICS) classes up to date including ICS-100 and ICS-700. Additional courses or qualifications may be required, dependent upon course selection.

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.

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