Casey McCoy, the Wildland Fire Training Manager for the Nebraska Forest Service, sent us some more information and photos about the Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy (NWFA) that we covered earlier on Wildfire Today.
We had almost 200 people attend this year. They came from 6 states (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado) and represented 28 different agencies, organizations and fire departments. Nine classes were presented along with our annual Agency Administrators Round Table for a total of 178 hours of training over 9 days. Administrative costs were supported by the Nebraska Forest Service and the US Forest Service to keep the registration down to just $30 per class. The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission also supported the Academy by offering lodging for just $20 per day and meals for $6 each, not to mention offering multiple training rooms and 22,000 acres of potential field sites.
Casey said the next NWFA will be held April 9-17, 2011.
More photos, courtesy of the NWFA, are below.