Course offered at UMFK on wildland firefighting

Posted Jan. 18, 2009, at 9:33 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold a 32-hour wildland firefighting training course over four sessions in February.

The sessions will be held in Cyr Hall, Room 113 at the following times: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.

The course, offered by the Maine Forest Service and the University of Maine at Fort Kent, is free and available to all residents 16 years of age or older who are willing to fight fires in Maine. Preregistration is required.

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group course qualifies the recipient with nationwide federal wildland firefighter credentials. Rangers with the Maine Forest Service will teach the course which will cover areas including fire behavior, tools and equipment, safety, firefighter preparedness, suppression, securing the line, mapping, hazardous materials and fire survival.

In addition to the session, an eight-hour outdoor exercise involving fire, pumps, helicopter safety, hand tools, radios and shelter is being planned for spring.

People who successfully complete both sessions of the course qualify for wildland firefighting in Maine, and those who pass a physical fitness test may be considered for out-of-state fire duty.

For information contact Ranger Lance Martin at 398-3196. To register, contact Donald Eno, UMFK academic outreach coordinator, at 834-7835. Attendance is required at all sessions.

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