Big Thicket National Preserve hosted ProRanger San Antonio on March 12-14, 2012 for wildland firefighter training in the Piney Woods forests of East Texas.
Superintendent Douglas Neighbors provided ProRanger San Antonio a warm southern welcome. Fire Management Officer Fulton Jeansonne and Wildland Fire Operations Specialist Rodney Monk organized and led the training. Chief Ranger Merrick Moody was also present to motivate and connect with the cadets. Amistad National Recreation Area Chief Ranger Regina Klein joined the team to provide them with a law enforcement mentoring presence.
The ProRanger second-year cadets participated in an eight-hour classroom refresher focused on risk management and fire preparedness. The ProRanger first-year cadets engaged in hands-on training involving hand tool safety, simple hose lays, pump operations, communication methods, and land navigation, along with successful fireline construction. This field day solidified the online S130-190 course the group had previously completed. All cadets successfully deployed their practice fire shelter and participated in the pack test, where they carried 45-pound backpacks for three miles in less than 45 minutes. Twelve ProRanger cadets are now certified to participate in wildland fire management operations.
ProRanger is a career development program focused on creating new pathways for students into the National Park Service (NPS). Students in the program receive orientation, training, hands-on experience, and mentoring designed to help them succeed in an NPS law enforcement career.
The NPS Intermountain Region is preparing the ProRanger cadets in all the facets of natural and cultural resource protection and conservation, outreach education, and visitor and property protection. These young people are eager learners and physically and mentally active as stewards of our national parks. The current cohort of ProRanger cadets is now prepared for emergency response to wildland fire.
Contact: Fulton Jeansonne, fire management officer
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Phone: (409) 951-6850