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BLM Alaska Fire Service
Release Date: 04/29/13
Contacts: Mel Slater , or (907) 356-5511  
News Release No. AFS04292013

2013 Alaska Interagency Crew Boss Academy is May 6 to May 20

Fairbanks, Alaska — The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service and Alaska Division of Forestry will host the 2013 Alaska Interagency Crew Boss Academy at the Alaska Fire Service training campus on Fort Wainwright, Alaska from May 6 to May 20.
The Academy has served as the primary clearinghouse for Emergency Firefighter (EFF) Crew Bosses throughout the state of Alaska for over 25 years. Taking place bi-annually, the Academy hosts 24 Crew Boss "candidates" from rural and urban Alaska. A goal of the Academy is to foster interagency training relationships, educational partnerships with the University of Alaska, and facilitate fire crew program development state-wide.
Villages represented in the 2013 Academy include:

  • Hughes
  • Marshall
  • Stebbins
  • Allakaket
  • Noorvik
  • Kaltag
  • Minto
  • Mountain Village
  • Hooper Bay
  • Holy Cross
  • Ambler
  • Nikolai
  • Chevak
  • Kalskag
  • Nondalton
  • Fairbanks
  • Nulato
  • Northway
  • Delta
  • Shageluk
  • Tok

The 2013 academy offers National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses in wildland fire operations, fire operations in the wildland/urban interface, leadership, fire management organization, fire behavior, fireline safety, incident command, Wilderness First Aid and CPR, practical skills training in interpersonal and radio communications, land navigation and other hands-on training and field exercises. The combination of courses and practical experience leads to the NWCG certification of Crew Boss trainee.

Crew Bosses are key leaders in the EFF Type 2 crew structure. EFF Type 2 crews are made up of individuals from Alaska Villages. A qualified Crew Boss leads 19 other crewmembers. The crews provide critical firefighting support in Alaska and in the Lower-48 states. Alaska crews mobilized to 25 in-state and 31 Lower- 48 assignments for wildland fires during the 2012 fire season.

For more information about the Alaska Interagency Crew Boss Academy, contact Academy Coordinator Adam Kohley at 356-5634 or email

The Bureau of Land Management - Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire management services on an interagency basis for lands managed by U.S. Department of the Interior agencies, lands conveyed to Alaska Native Corporations under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and lands withdrawn for use by the US. Army-Alaska.

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