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Training and Development for 1890 College Students
Southern Region

FY 2006-2007 Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management, Workforce Diversity proposal

Audience: undergraduate students, currently enrolled at an 1890 land grant college studying Agriculture, Forestry and/or related sciences.


  • 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 Region.
  • 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 program.

1890 Colleges

Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL
Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS
Delaware State University, Dover, DE
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
Fort Valley St. University, Fort Valley, GA 
Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY
Langston University ,Langston, OK
Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO
North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC 
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA  
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL    
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR
University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA  
West Virginia State University, Institute, WV

Revised Plan

  • 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

Personal Protective Equipment

  • 2 sets of Nomex Pants and Shirts
  • Tent
  • Fire Shelter
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Battle Bags – red pack
  • Hardhat, first aid kit, shroud, headlamp, goggles, day pack, boots and gloves.

Student Names and Locations

  • 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 – 1862 school
  • Paez, Gerrado “JB“ – Osceola Ranger District – forester trainee
  • Ramirez, Elizabeth – Lake George Ranger District – wildlife biology major - FAM

Estimated Costs

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 - $3,000
Administrative support – van rental, fuel, salary, certificates - $3,500
Instructor Travel - $3,000
Student Travel - $4,000

First Class Photo

First Class Photo

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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