Fire Stories

Fire stories from the national parks highlight events, incidents, and the like, associated with fire and fuels management, as well as fire education, technology, partnerships, and more. Stories highlight work related to Department of the Interior initiatives as well as local and regional initiatives.

Night operations for the tractor plow class.

10th Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Academy

Northeast Region, (CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NY, PA, VT, VA, WV)
National Fire Plan, Fuels Reduction*

"This is the largest and most comprehensive training program we do," said State Forester of Virginia Carl Garrison. "With financial support provided by the National Park Service, we are able to bring together hundreds of paid and volunteer firefighters, who are already outstanding structural firefighters, and teach them everything from the basics of wildland firefighting to the use of chainsaws and fire plows to advance tactics and leadership."

"Ops, Safety, and Plans" at morning briefing.

By the numbers, this was Virginia's 10th interagency wildland fire academy, serving 258 students including 144 members of fire departments, 92 state employees and 22 federal employees. There were 65 instructors representing 12 different local, state and federal agencies and a non-profit organization leading 17 courses. Funding was from the National Fire Plan Ready Reserve Program through the National Park Service Northeast Region.

Sand table exercises help participants visualize some complexities of wildland fire management. All photos by Virginia Department of Forestry.

The Virginia Department of Forestry organizes the Academy and runs it as an incident. This introduces students to or reinforces their knowledge of the Incident Command System which is used in wildland fire management. Active participation was required, in the classroom and out in the woods. All of this, of course, is dedicated to ensuring the safety of firefighters and the public.

Contact: Barb Stewart, Fire Communication Specialist, NPS Northeast & National Capital Regions
Phone: (434) 220-9065

*This story supports Department of the Interior initiatives.