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  • Delaware Forest Service seeks recruits for wildfire training

  • The Delaware Forest Service is seeking motivated trainees willing and able to help fight forest fires in remote locations for up to two weeks at a time.
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  • The Delaware Forest Service is seeking motivated trainees willing and able to help fight forest fires in remote locations for up to two weeks at a time.
    Interested candidates who are 18 and older, physically and mentally fit, willing to learn and able to travel during the summer must register for training courses by Jan. 3.
    A $50 introductory course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover. A $100 basics course also will be held in Dover over the first two weekends in March.
    Completion of both courses is required to attain certification, as well as a rigorous “pack test,” which includes carrying a 45-pound pack over a three-mile course in less than 45 minutes.
    The capstone of training series will be the annual Fire Camp held at Redden State Forest in Georgetown on April 26.
    Current members of volunteer fire companies can register through their organization, while those without prior experience must contact Henry Poole by calling (302) 698-4548 or emailing henry.poole@state.de.us.

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