Wildfire academy deemed success

Wildfire academy deemed success

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Firefighters from across Texas came to Texoma to wrap up the Red River Valley Wildfire Academy Saturday.

    "It's a great program that brings in our regional and statewide cooperating partners into an area for a two-week school that will benefit all the communities, all the rural areas. We're proud to be a part of it," Chief Jon Reese, Wichita Falls Fire Department said.

    Local volunteer fire departments attended this academy as well as departments from Lubbock, Stephenville, Brownwood and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

    "It helps them get some experience in a learning environment and not have to wait until the bad times," Regan Reser with Texas A&M Forest Service said.

    This academy provides in field training and classroom sessions.

    "The most challenging part was definitely the classroom. There was a lot of information to take in, in just four days," William Hale of Bowman VFD said. 
    While many I spoke with agreed the classroom portion of the academy was difficult they did find enjoyment in group exercises.

    "My favorite part was probably getting to actually physically do the hand line but also getting to work with all the other departments and meet new people," Stephanie Humberd of Burkburnett VFD said.

    While the courses offered varied depending on experience each firefighter upon completion of the academy will be able to fight wild land fires. 
    The tuition for this program is paid for by grant money through House Bill 2604.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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