Maine Forest Service teaches wildland firefighting

Posted June 11, 2011, at 9:01 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — More than 140 people in Maine are undergoing training in wildland firefighting.

Put on by the Maine Forest Service, the annual Maine State Wildfire Training Academy provides instruction on how to battle fires in Maine’s vast forestlands. Topics include digging fire lines, deploying fire shelters, cutting down trees with chain saws and using water pumps.

Courses were held last weekend and are being held again this weekend, with the academy wrapping up Sunday at Thomas College in Waterville.

Most of the students are firefighters and are trained in structural firefighting, but not in battling blazes in the wild.

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