Academy Statistics
Courses                        11                       Lead Instructors         11          Students                    327 IMT Members            23

Location: The Minnesota Wildfire Academy is located at Minnesota North College – Itasca Campus, and University of Minnesota North Central Outreach and Research Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Yesterday’s accomplishments: Classes at the annual Minnesota Wildfire Academy resumed with 327 students attending 11 courses. Students in the Followership to Leadership course were divided into five leadership teams and completed six challenge courses. Students in the Firing Operations course were introduced to a variety of fire ignition tools commonly used in ground and aerial suppression and prescribed burning operations. Basic Firefighting course participants completed annual safety training and practiced shelter deployment. The Power Saws course offered an opportunity for students to continue working with their chainsaws.

Today’s planned activities: The basic firefighting course will move to the field today to work with hand tools, pumps, engines and practice with the common techniques used in wildland firefighting to construct a fireline and mop up hotspots. Students with the Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface course will be visiting a nearby neighborhood south of the Minnesota North College campus to assess each structure for fire wise compatibility. The Power Saws course will continue working with power chain saw tools.

Weather: Conditions will be mostly sunny throughout the day. High 73-79 with 27-39% relative humidity. Northwest winds up to 10 mph.

Air Operations: No air operation activities planned.

Summary:  The Minnesota Wildfire Academy is one of the largest wildland fire training events held in Minnesota. Since 2001, the Academy has become the primary training model for cultivating new talent. Students are exposed to knowledge, career opportunities, and a network of professionals who can support their career goals.

Cooperating Agencies:  Minnesota North College cc Itasca Campus, University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center, Independent School District 318,Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Minnesota Fire Chiefs Association, Minnesota State Fire Marshall, Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa.

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