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Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy brings in firefighters from 10 different states

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Firefighters from across the state and across the nation are collaborating this week in Crawford.
The Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy is being held at Fort Robinson State Park. 

This is the seventh year the Academy has been hosting firefighters from a variety of local, state, federal and non-governmental agencies. 

The training covers a variety of classes to increase the knowledge, skills, and credentials of firefighters battling wild land fires.

Wild land fire training manager, Casey McCoy, says the training is important, especially in a state like Nebraska.
 
"You just have to go back to two short years ago and take a look at what happened," McCoy said. "We burned, well the number flexes a little bit as reporting still comes in, but 520,000 acres two years ago in Nebraska,, that was the biggest year in Nebraska we've ever recorded in the state, Getting more training means those folks out there will be safer, more efficient, better able to both protect themselves and protect the public, protect the people they are there to serve."
 
McCoy says this is the first year the academy has recruited trainees from as many as 10 states. 

"Its great the word is getting out," McCoy said. "I think one of the best academies you can find, in a great setting. Fort Rob does a great job in hosting us and its less expensive than alot of oa lot academies. And that's always been our main goal, to keep costs as low as we can get them."

McCoy says dates have already been set for April of next year. 

More information can be found here: http://nfs.unl.edu/Fire/NWFA.asp 

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