Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy Registration

Register for the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Academy.

The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy will be held from June 8-14, 2019 at Garrett College.

Sign up at the official registration page and please complete course enrollment by May 3.

2019 Course descriptions and costs are available at the links below.

Click here for the Fire Academy Master Course List (Excel)

Click here to download Mac Academy Matrix (PDF)

It is recommended that you complete your registration via a computer or iPad rather than a mobile device. When you are ready to register, please follow these IMPORTANT instructions before signing up!

If registering for multiple people, please register for one person at a time.

Note: Dinner will be provided on the evenings of 6/10 and 6/12 so don’t over order!

Registration Options

Compact Members: The Mid-Atlantic Fire Compact is comprised of seven state and associate partners from the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service. The seven states in the compact are Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Compact Members are state employees (or are affiliated with one of these seven states listed) who have been selected to participate in training by their state fire supervisor. All authorized compact members will receive a code from their state fire supervisor to use at registration.

Non-Compact: Non-Compact members are often volunteer or working with local, state, or federal organizations/agencies outside of the state forestry organizations within the Compact. Federal employees are not considered a part of the Compact unless they are instructing for the Academy. In this case, Instructors should receive a code and register using the Instructor option.

Instructors: All instructors should receive a code from the Compact and register using the Instructor option.


 

Lodging Options:

Built in 2006, Laker Hall is a three-story residence facility housing students in two-and four-bedroom apartment-style units. Each suite is equipped with kitchen, living room, and bedroom (bed, dresser, and desk); dishes are not provided. There are appliances in each room, with the exception of microwaves; however, there is a microwave available in the lounge in the common area. The Hall features two recreation lounge areas, vending machines, and laundry facilities (coin-operated), free basic cable through Comcast (TVs are not provided), and free wireless internet access. Laker Hall is also handicap accessible and equipped with an elevator and rooms are air conditioned. Each room is stocked with trash cans, trash bags, toilet paper, hand soap, and shower curtains. Pillows and blankets are NOT provided. To view photographs of Laker Hall and take a virtual tour, please visit: Laker Hall Virtual Tour

Cost: $51.68 per night (includes occupancy tax)

Built in 1994, Garrett Hall is a three-story residence facility offering traditional suite-style housing. Each suite houses four students and has two rooms which are joined by a shared bathroom. Each room is furnished with a bed, dresser and desk per student, as well as a microwave, mini-fridge, and free basic cable through Comcast (TVs are not provided). The main floor features a recreation lounge, general kitchen area, vending area, laundry facilities (coin-operated), and mail room. Free ‘RezLife’ wireless internet access is provided. Pillows and blankets are NOT provided. Garrett Hall does NOT have air conditioning, but this should not be an issue in early June. To view photographs of Garrett Hall and take a virtual tour, please visit: Garrett Hall Virtual Tour

Cost: $43.73 per night (includes occupancy tax)

Mid-Atlantic Fire Compact awarded “Gold Smokey”

Gold Smokey Award 2018

The Mid-Atlantic Fire Compact was awarded the Gold Smokey for its forest fire prevention and education efforts.

The 2018 Gold Smokey Award has been awarded to the Mid-Atlantic Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact and its fire prevention and education committee. The compact is comprised of seven states including New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia.

The group gets together once or twice a year to create prototypes that help with forest fire prevention education. The group has created bandannas, large Smokey Prevention Plinko Games for events, large puzzles for children to use at events, compiled a three-DVD set of old Smokey Bear videos, songs and artwork and large fire danger signs with Smokey Bear. The group coordinated an international multi-compact workshop in Mystic, Conn., as well.

Smokey Bear turns 75 next year and the compact also created a special 16-page supplement for the Highlights children’s magazine that will deliver early in 2019 and will be delivered in each subscription of the magazine in the seven states, and an additional printing of 168,000 copes for standalone use. Fred X. Turck of Virginia, who has already won a Gold Smokey for his outstanding work in fire prevention education, noted that each item takes about a year to move from concept to production.

Delaware state forester Michael A. Valenti joined education specialist Ashley Melvin at the Gold Smokey Award presentation at Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. Delaware is one of the seven states that comprise the Mid Atlantic Fire Compact.

Over 180 students attend 2018 Wildfire Academy

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McHenry, Maryland — The eleventh Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy came to a close on June 8 with over 180 students participating. The academy offered 14 classes this year that are essential to wildland firefighting, including fire behavior, equipment use, and leadership development. These classes met National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards, and participants received a certificate upon completion.

In addition to classroom hours, students had the opportunity to be in the field for skills practice. These field exercises are critical for developing and reinforcing the skills that firefighters will use at wildfire incidents.

The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

Seven states make up the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Compact members promote effective fire prevention and the control of wildfires in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Mid-Atlantic Fire Academy Field Training

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McHenry, Maryland — Students attending the eleventh annual Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy at Garrett College took part in field training exercises this week.  The L-280 “Followership to Leadership” course put students through their paces at the Garrett College Challenge Course.  Field group exercises included the “Whale Watch”, the “Australian Trolley”, and the “Coal Miners Maze”.  These exercises emphasize leadership skills critical for working with others in a high stress environment, such as a wildfire incident.  Students also practiced establishing a water supply and constructing a hose lay, simulating those skills used at wildfire incidents.

The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

Seven states make up the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Compact members promote effective fire prevention and the control of wildfires in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Funds raised for Wildland Firefighter Foundation

Photo by Peggy Miller

McHenry, Maryland — Students attending the eleventh annual Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy at Garrett College took a break from their studies last evening for a barbecue dinner, hosted by the Academy.  

At the academy-wide dinner, students, instructors and staff bid on donated items at the silent and live auctions and purchased raffle tickets.  The funds collected totaled over $3,000, which will be sent to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  The Wildland Firefighter Foundation supports families with immediate financial needs after a firefighter fatality or injury.  The Foundation can fly family members to the bedside of the injured, who are often states away from where they live.  The Foundation also offers long term grief recovery for those families.

Mr. John Berst was recognized for his continued support as the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact Coordinator.

​​The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Serviceand concludes on Friday, June 8th.

Seven states make up the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Compact members promote effective fire prevention and the control of wildfires in the Mid-Atlantic region.

2018 Wildfire Training Academy at Garrett College

McHenry, Maryland — Garrett College hosted the eleventh annual Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy June 4 through June 9. The academy is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

The academy offered14 classes this year that are essential to wildland firefighting, including fire behavior, equipment use, and leadership development. These classes meet National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards, and participants receive a certificate upon completion.

Over 180 students are attending this year’s academy, according to Julie Yoder, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Garrett College. Most participants are from local, state and Federal agencies that are members of the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact.

Seven states make up the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Compact members promote effective fire prevention and the control of wildfires in the Mid-Atlantic region. Collectively, these States are responsible for protecting more than 35 million acres of woodland. As drought conditions continue to plague the western United States, and a very active fire season is anticipated, compact members will be ready to assist there as needed.

The compact reduces wildfire suppression costs for local, state, and Federal jurisdictions by allowing states to share personnel and equipment. The compact also minimizes the firefighting burden on any one state when many fires occur at the same time.