- March, 2005 – Southern Region responds to the
Washington Office, Fire and Aviation Management call for FY 2005-2007
workforce diversity proposals.
- Partnership with the Multicultural Workforce Strategic
Initiative and outreach/recruitment to the 1890 Colleges in the Southeastern
- Funded $100,000.00 annually for three years to train
and develop 1890 College students.
- FY 2005 dollars awarded June 3, 2005. Too late to accomplish
work for that season. Dollars were successfully reallocated to train
Caribbean National Forest firefighters for the 2005 season.
- FY 2006 – Accomplished training and development
of 11 MWSI/1890 students.
- FY 2007 – Plan to train 20 additional students.
- Plan was to recruit from 9 of the 18 colleges annually.
- Select two students from each school.
- Send students to the Basic Academy, National Wildland
Fire Apprenticeship Program (WFAP).
- Supply crew leadership (i.e. Crew Boss, Crew Rep.
and Squad Bosses) from agency regulars.
- Form a committee made up of Southeastern Fire Managers,
Personnel, Civil Rights, Safety and Health, to administer/manage the
A&M University, Normal, AL
Alcorn State University,
Delaware State University,
Florida A&M University,
Fort Valley St. University,
Fort Valley, GA
Kentucky State University,
University, Jefferson City, MO
North Carolina A&T
University, Greensboro, NC
A&M University, Prairie View, TX
South Carolina State
University, Orangeburg, SC
Baton Rouge, LA
Tennessee State University,
University of Arkansas,
Pine Bluff, AR
University of Maryland-Eastern
Shore, Princess Anne, MD
University, Petersburg, VA
West Virginia State University, Institute,
- Recruit from all colleges but concentrate heavily on
those offering forestry classes.
- Place students on various forests and have them fill
in on organized crews as needed in addition to working on fuels projects.
- Recruit students from Alabama A&M, Alcorn, Florida
A&M University, North Carolina A&T University, South Carolina
State University, Southern University and Tuskegee University.
- Utilize Southern Region Training facility, hosted
by Mississippi Forestry Commission in Pearl, MS to teach courses.
- I-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System
- S-110 Basic Wildland Fire Orientation
- S-130 Firefighter Training
- S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior
- L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline
- First Aid and CPR
- Defensive Driving
- Work Capacity Test–-twice + 1
- 2 sets of Nomex Pants and Shirts
- Fire Shelter
- Sleeping Bags
- Battle Bags – red pack
- Hardhat, first aid kit, shroud, headlamp, goggles,
day pack, boots and gloves.
- Boyce, Jonathan – Osceola Ranger District
- France, Cordero – Land Between the Lakes
- McNeil, Jared – Conecuh Ranger District
- Norris, Brian – Watauga Ranger District
- Powell, Shedrich – Land Between the Lakes
- President, Marvis – Enoree Ranger District
- Rowan, Kendrizle – Homochitto Ranger District
- Varnado, Joseph – Homochitto Ranger District
- Williams, Joshua – Watauga Ranger District
The following students participated in class but were
recruited from other sources.
- McInnis, James – DeSoto Ranger District –
- Paez, Gerrado “JB“ – Osceola Ranger
District – forester trainee
- Ramirez, Elizabeth – Lake George Ranger District
– wildlife biology major - FAM
GS-2 @ $793 per pay period X 5 students = $3965
f-code, p-code or PR. - variable
GS-3 @ $865 per pay period X 4 students = 3460
f-code, p-code or PR. - variable
Cache Supplies - $6,000
Bagmaker – $4,000
Hotel - $7,200
Meals & Incidental Expenses - $5,100
Boots - $2,200
Training Materials including CPR/First Aid, defensive driving, WCT -
Administrative support – van rental, fuel, salary, certificates
Instructor Travel - $3,000
Student Travel - $4,000
Standing: Joseph Varnado, J.B. Paez,
Cordero France, Liz Ramirez, Jonathan Boyce, Joshua Williams, Marvis President
and Samuel Larry.
Front: Jared McNeil, Brian Norris, Shedrich Powell, Dillion
McInnis, Ken Rowan and Antoine Bonner
- 4 of the 2006 fire training graduates have received
job offers for the 2007 summer season on the Rogue River National Forest,
Pacific Northwest Region.
- Students experienced assignments on the Cherokee Hotshot
Crew (1), Type 2 crews being mobilized for local assignments (2) and
Western fire details (6).
- Northern Rockies, Great Northern Type 2 Initial Attack
Crew Superintendent, and Pacific Northwest, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Type
2 Initial Attack Crew Superintendent, will be recruiting from the 2007
students for summer positions on their crews.
- For the first time in 17 years of WO, F&AM, workforce
diversity funding 3 Regions will be collaborating on a success model.
Proposal Author/Champion - Samuel Larry, Director
of Fire, Southeastern Region of the National Park Service (previously
Cooperative Fire Program Manager, Region 8).
Committee Members: Sharon Crittendon, Lynne Howard,
John Caffin, James Hart, Ted Willis and Danny Bryant.
Advisors: Larry Grimes, Pam Towns-Larry, Yvonne Holmes,
Gemaa Ealy, George Hernandez, Shirley Wynn-Harris, Elijah Gray, Debra
Burgos, Janice Lowe, Theresa Hood, Barbara Budlong, John Walker, Rosie
Thomas, Mary King, and Tony Dixon.
Additional Instructors: Jim Spano, Doug Gant, Jon
Zimmermann and Gary Bufkin.
Special thanks to the 1890 Liaison Officers, Subway,
O’Charley’s, Ryan’s, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Cracker
Barrel, Red Wing Boots, Baptist Medical Clinics, AMR – Emergency
Services, SAZ, Southern Regional Logistics Cache, Southern Regional Training
Center, SACC, Forest Service Host Units, R-8 FAM Unit and the Jameson
Inn at Pearl, MS.
Please contact Ted Willis, Multicultural Workforce Initiative
Program Manager, Florida A&M,
voice: 850-412-738; cell: 850-933-0934 or Samuel Larry at 404-562-3108
ext. 653 for more information.
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