Dispatch academy receives regional forester's award

COLORADO—Year after year, hundreds of wildland fire dispatch positions go unfilled due to the low number of qualified applicants.

In 2018 the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center and the Job Corps Fire Program brought together a group of forward-thinking problem-solvers to change this status quo. With their sights set on training and qualifying a new generation of wildland fire dispatchers, they established a pilot Forest Service Job Corps Dispatch Academy.

IITF celebrates Smokey Bear

PUERTO RICO—This week, International Institute of Tropical Forestry started its year-round celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday. During a monthly meeting, all the employees gathered to recognize the importance of fire prevention promotion and efforts, especially in the areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.