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Bastrop draws firefighters nationwide for training

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Camp Swift National Guard Training Facility in Bastrop is hosting firefighters from around the country for hands-on instruction through Oct. 24.   

The 16th Annual Capital Area Interagency Wildfire & Incident Management Academy, coordinated by the Texas A&M Forest Service in partnership with a consortium of state, federal and nonprofit agencies, offers a two-week opportunity for firefighters of every discipline to take classes ranging from leadership, GPS orientation and equipment operation to fire behavior, tactical maneuvers, water use and more.

“It’s as close to a fire assignment as you can get without actually going to a fire that has the potential to burn houses down,” said public information officer Jan Amen, in an academy news release. “It is set up just like a wildfire incident so you know exactly what it’s like.”

> Learn more about the 16th annual firefighter academy
> Sign up for CAPCOG's Oct. 30 training, Disaster Debris Management 101

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