Contact Henry Poole, (302) 698-4548
Do you have what it takes to be a wildland firefighter?
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you can sign up for the Delaware Forest Service’s wildland fire training classes in January at the Delaware State Fire School. While it is not necessary to be affiliated with a volunteer fire company, candidates should be: at least 18 years of age, physically fit, and motivated to learn. Those without previous firefighting experience must contact Henry Poole, DFS Assistant Forestry Administrator, (302) 698-4548 before enrolling in the classes. The registration deadline is December 21, 2012.
The first series of classes will take place on Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
The second series of classes will be held on Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. The cost of each two-day training is $50, payable to the “Delaware State Fire School”.
Over the past ten years (2003 to 2012), an average of 70,639 wildfires have burned an estimated 7,414,500 acres of valuable land per year in the United States. Despite being a small state with a somewhat low risk of wildfire, Delaware has managed to achieve a sizable reputation on the national firefighting scene because it regularly dispatches teams of trained and experienced personnel to battle wildfires in the West. The First State has also fielded crews to aid in other national or regional emergencies, such as serving on hurricane relief crews in Florida and New York.
In June of 2012, Delaware dispatched a 20-person crew to fight a wildfire in southwestern Colorado and was eventually transferred to a large blaze burning in Wyoming. Later in the summer, the Forest Service dispatched a second 20-person crew to fight a wildfire near Twin Falls, Idaho. In addition, several Delaware volunteers also joined with crews from other states to serve on other wildfire assignments or served in field offices or dispatch centers to help guide manpower and resources to the firefighting effort.