St. Petersburg College Fire Academy 43 Completes Wildland Fire Training

St. Petersburg College Firefighting Academy cadets assessing a brush fire (Photo: Chris Pearl, St. Petersburg College Firefighting Academy #43 cadet)
St. Petersburg College Firefighting Academy cadets assessing a brush fire (Photo: Chris Pearl, St. Petersburg College Firefighting Academy #43 cadet)

It’s that time of year when it’s hot outside! As we seek to find a reprieve from the heat, firefighters across the nation are contending with wildland fires. Every summer brings the threat of wildland fires to almost every region within the United States. Learning how to combat these types of turbulent blazes is not an easy task but one that every certified firefighter should have a basic knowledge and understanding of. And that’s just what St. Petersburg College Fire Academy #43 cadets are doing. During their training, in the St. Petersburg College’s Fire Academy Program, Firefighting Academy cadets receive a comprehensive, 40 hour training on how to detect, prevent, and extinguish wildland fires. Other areas of training include:

  • Fire Shelter
  • Water Use
  • Wildland Urban Interface
  • Preparedness, ICS and Resources
  • Hand Tools
  • Transpiration Safety

Surprisingly, wildland fires can affect many of us. Wildland fires can occur wherever structures meet natural vegetation. For example, a home and/or apartment complex built near a reserve could be impacted by wildland fire. This is called the wildland/urban interface area.

As you can see, we don’t have to live out in the country to be potentially affected by wildland fires. Even though wildland fires are a fact of life, there are steps we can take to prevent them. In addition to highly trained and certified firefighters, such as SPC’s Fire Academy graduates, we can start by making sure our dwellings are Firewise. A few steps to get you started are noted below:

  • Reducing fuels i.e., structures that could come into contact with burning vegetation
  • Careful landscaping i.e., remove dead vegetation and keep lawn well irrigated

If you’d like to learn more about preventing fire where you reside, you can click here: Is Your Home Firewise?

We’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all firefighters, including SPC’s Firefighting Academy cadets and graduates, for all you do to protect the public.

After reading this blog, do you find that you might be interested in learning more about how to fight fire? Click here for more information about what you will learn as an SPC Fire Academy cadet: SPC’s Firefighting Academy. Click here for How to Apply.

Blog Contributors: James Angle, Program Director Fire and Public Safety Training Center; Gabrielle Bain, Fire Science Program Coordinator; Stephanie Calvert, Fire Science Administrative Services Specialist

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