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 Wildlandfire 

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:  REGISTER

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.

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