RAPID CITY – Registration is now open for the 2020 South Dakota Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Fort Pierre on March 19-22. The academy is hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division with assistance from their federal partners.

“Firefighter and public safety are always our top priorities in wildland firefighting, and we help support this through quality training. Through this training we also strive to create leaders in wildland fire,” said state training officer Tamara Dierks. “Not only does it help elevate their personal wildland fire qualification, but they then pay it forward by teaching and leading our new firefighters in their wildland fire careers.”

For a list of classes and details to register, visit https://forms.gle/MEoxj5EW1nBRTNgu9.

Students attending National Wildfire Coordinating Group courses must have their Incident Command System (ICS) classes up to date in order to receive certification. Minimum ICS courses include IS-100 and IS-700. Additional prerequisite qualifications or courses may be required depending upon training level.

For more information, please contact Tamara Dierks at 605.393.4229 or email Tamara.Dierks@state.sd.us.

South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire and on Twitter @SDWildlandFire.

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