Sheet: New York Wildfire and
Incident Management Academy
Mission: "The Academy's goal is to provide
for a safe learning environment for Wildland Firefighters and Incident
Managers and to foster greater networking opportunities and partnerships
between participants from federal, state, and local agencies.
To aid in achieving this objective, the NYWIMA is managed
to mirror an actual incident utilizing the Incident Command System (ICS)
under the direction of an Incident Management Team (IMT). The IMT
reflects the interagency and cooperative nature of today’s incident management
philosophy with team members coming from federal, state, and local
agencies." (Excerpted from the Academy website.)
United States Forest Service
National Park Service
Federal Emergency Management Agency
New York State Emergency Management Office
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency
Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation
Suffolk County Fire Academy
Central Pine Barrens Commission
Central Pine Barrens Wildfire Task Force
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management
Colorado Wildfire Academy
Frequency: The Academy is held once
per year, generally from the last week of October through the Sunday following
Location: Brookhaven National Laboratory,
Duration: Academy is open for ten consecutive
days, including weekends. Individual courses vary in duration from
1 to 5 days.
certification: All courses meet National Wildfire Coordinating
Group (NWCG) requirements. Students receive NWCG certificates of
completion. Courses may have prerequisites.
Typical curriculum topical areas:
Basic Wildland Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior
Advanced Wildland Firefighting, including advanced
firefighting, supervisory courses such as squad boss and crew boss)
Incident Command System, including the National
Interagency Incident Management System.
Wildland Fire and Arson Investigation
Specialized Fire Equipment training, including
power saws, pumps, engines, and aerial operations.
Notes on the Academy Training Opportunities:
Academy operates on the Incident Command System (ICS),
with overhead trainee positions available.
Courses complement those
offered by the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank.
Tuition Waivers are available for some courses
for volunteer firefighters.
Many courses are available to non-firefighters,
including natural resource managers, administrators, officials, park managers,
Charles Hamilton and Irene Ostapow, NYS DEC Region
1, Stony Brook