60 Firemen Get Hands-On Wildfire Training at Fire Camp

Apr 24, 2013 -- 7:13am

Sixty volunteer firefighters attended the Delaware Forest Service’s 18th Annual Fire Camp last weekend at Blackbird State Forest. It was an intensive one-day training session that tested their physical stamina and mental preparation and culminated with a hands-on “live-burn” fire simulation.

As the capstone of the Forest Service’s  wildfire training, successful completion of the program leads to coveted “red-card” certification from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which makes attendees eligible for out-of-state fire assignments.

Last year, Delaware dispatched personnel to fight wildfires in Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho.

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