Student wildland fire training at Sewanee

This week, personnel from the Cherokee National Forest's HotShot crew are teaming up with Sewanee's Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems to train over 20 Sewanee students in wildland firefighting techniques and safety procedures. After finishing their classwork, a field fitness test, and a prescribed fire on the Domain, the students will receive their red-card, which will enable them to participate in prescribed fires and wildland fires on the Domain and elsewhere. This is the third year of this training program at Sewanee, and the red-card program complements what students have learned in class about using fire as a management tool, and it also helps our students obtain work in natural resource related fields after graduation. Nate Wilson, Sewanee's Domain Manager, has been the lead organizer of the program this year. Students in the photograph are shown practicing the deployment of fire safety shelters prior to their field-pack test.