jump to example.com

Virginia Wildland Fire Academy: 17 years strong

The Virginia Wildland Fire Academy is in the 17th year of the mission to provide high-quality fire training education to Virginia firefighters and regional partners. Since 2001, more than 7,000 students have participated in the many courses offered each year.  This is a total of 194,464 hours of instruction and has added important capacity to the state’s and region’s fire and incident response capabilities.

virginia department of forestryThis year, nearly 300 firefighters will take part in a total of 11 courses offered June 6 – 10 at Longwood University.  The students hail from 10 states and represent 14 state agencies, seven  federal agencies and 48 other local/county and private organizations.

John Miller, director of fire and emergency response for Virginia Department of Forestry, said, “Virginia’s Wildland Fire Academy is one of the best opportunities for students to learn, improve and fine-tune their skills in a setting that is controlled but is as realistic as possible.  In the early years of the Academy, the goal was simply increase capacity for fighting forest fires in Virginia and to build camaraderie among those who perform this important public safety service.  While those remain key components, the Academy has grown and expanded to include incident command training, wildland-urban interface, air operations and prescribed fire.  The result is that students gain the skills necessary to be more effective wildland firefighters both in Virginia and nationally.”

The training even extends to the way the Academy is conducted and managed as it employs the same system that is used to manage large, complex emergency response events.

“In all, the Wildland Fire Academy will improve the ability of the Virginia Department of Forestry and other regional agencies to respond effectively to the more than 1,000 wildland fires that occur each year in the Commonwealth and enable us to better protect the citizens of Virginia,” Miller said.

The Virginia Department of Forestry protects and develops healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians.  Headquartered in Charlottesville, the Agency has forestry staff members assigned to every county to provide citizen service and public safety protection across the Commonwealth, which it’s been doing now for more than 103 years.  VDOF is an equal opportunity provider.

With 16 million acres of forestland and more than 103,000 Virginians employed in forestry, forest products and related industries, Virginia forests provide an overall economic output of more than $17 Billion annually.

   
Discussion
 
Highlights

AAA: Gas prices trending downward

Gas prices in the Mid-Atlantic region continue to drop slowly but will not drop as quickly as they rose following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall last month.

Skyline Drug Task Force touts new online tool to combat illicit drug sales

Law enforcement officials from across the region gathered in Waynesboro Thursday to talk up ReportADrugDealer.com, an online reporting tool being used to combat illicit drug sales.

Cliff Hyra: Libertarian reaches out to undecideds in Virginia governor race

Cliff Hyra, the Libertarian candidate for governor, was technically at Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial candidate debate.

And now: UVA football has expectations

The media had UVA seventh, and dead last, again, in the ACC Coastal, in the preseason. That’s called having no expectations

WWE No Mercy Preview: Thoughts on Cena-Reigns, Lesnar-Strowman

WWE loaded up the card for No Mercy, a September Raw brand pay-per-view with two WrestleMania main event-quality matches.

   
Recent Posts
   
Your One-Stop Media Shop
Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
  • Web Design

    You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design and content development. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.
    Learn more about AFP Web Design services.
  • Graphic Design

    The staff at Augusta Free Press Publishing has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association for excellence in layout and design. Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.
    Learn more about AFP Graphic Design services.
  • Marketing

    Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.
    Learn more about AFP Marketing services.