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.

Building fireline during field training exercise at Stones River National Battlefield - February 2006. NPS photo.

Park Trains Local Volunteer Fire Departments

Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee

In February 2006, Stones River National Battlefield offered S130/190 basic wildland firefighter training for volunteer fire departments in the local community. The class was taught by two instructors from Natchez Trace Parkway.

Local volunteer fire departments receive basic wildland firefighter training—February 2006. NPS photo.

S130/S190 class photo at Stones River National Battlefield—February 2006. NPS photo.

Thirty participants attended 40-hour of classes, held over two weekends: February 11-12 and February 25-27. The following volunteer fire departments (VFD) were present: Rutherford VFD, South East Rutherford VFD, Lascassas VFD, Eagleville VFD, Walter Hill VFD, Fosterville VFD, Salem Blackman VFD.

The training was held at the newly renovated Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency Building in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Field day exercises were held at Stones River National Battlefield. The class participated in a simulation exercise for a planned prescribed project. The fireline they installed will be the holding line for a prescribed burn scheduled to take place this spring.

Contact: Terri Hogan, Ecologist
Phone: (615) 893-9501