Hands-on training

Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Students of Fire Ecology at Tarleton State University were presented the unique opportunity to complete the field training portion in pursuit of their Wildland Firefighter Type 2 certification in November. Members of the Texas A&M Forestry Service office in Mineral Wells taught students throughout the day, which consisted of a written test, fire shelter emergency deployment timed drills, and an introduction to the different tools used to create fire lines for controlling the spread of wildfires.  The training culminated with the students digging a fire line that is imperative to contain fires. This experiential learning provides students in the Fire Ecology class with hands-on reinforcement of principles and knowledge first presented in the traditional classroom setting.