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Firefighters gather again for training at 2015 Wildland Crew Training Camp
Once again, wildland firefighters from across Pennsylvania will gather to train and prepare so that they can “answer the call” and respond to wildfires and other natural disaster incidents that occur across the United States.

In 2014, over 100 Pennsylvania wildland firefighters participated in out-of-state assignments as either members on a traditional 20-person crew, or as individuals that qualify as a “single resource.”

Since 1973, more than 150 crews from Pennsylvania have been deployed to wildfire and hurricane incidents throughout the lower 48 states and Alaska.

To prepare for the 2015 season, Wildland Fire Crew Training Camp will begin on Friday, May 29th, and run through noon Sunday, May 31st, at Camp Karoondinha, Boy Scouts of America (Camp “K”) near Glen Iron, Union County. This event is expected to draw over 200 participants from nearly every county in the state. Upon completion of the camp, individuals will be qualified to respond to wildland fire assignments throughout the country.

Some of the objectives for the training camp are:

  • Strive to prevent all accidents and/or injuries to students, camp staff, instructors and the general public throughout the duration of the incident
  • Prepare all attendees for mobilization to national incidents by teaching safe and effective incident practices and wildland firefighting skills through classroom and hands-on training
  • Provide a realistic incident experience from check-in to demobilization for all attendees to properly prepare them for an actual out-of-state assignment

During this training there will be an opportunity for the media to observe the firefighters training, ask questions and gain an appreciation of the dedication of these volunteers. Media tours can be scheduled between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30th. Pre-notification is requested.

Any questions that might arise can be directed to the following Public Information Officer: Cecile Stelter, 814-723-0262 x 103 or 814-688-7133.

Beginning at noon Thursday, May 28th, through noon Sunday, May 31st, PIO’s can be reached at Camp Karoondinha by telephone at 570-922-1234.

Details on Pennsylvania’s Wildland Crew Training Program are available from any State Forest District Office and on the Bureau of Forestry’s website. Visit here for telephone numbers and additional information.


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