The Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy will be held at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Morgantown is conveniently located 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA. It is easily accessible from I-79 and I-68.
Courses begin on Saturday, June 8th and end on Friday, June 14th. The first courses start on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. For directions to the WVU Percival Hall and the Evansdale Residential Complex (ERC/Towers) please click on the following link:
Directions from I-68 and I-79.
Tuition & Payment
Registration fees for the courses vary. Please check the course description and registration form for fees by course selection. Registration fees will reflect an early registration discount if your registration form is received by April 26, 2013. Please indicate the number of nights and meals in the total cost. Registration is completed online, and forms received after April 26, 2013 will be charged the regular fee. Please note that registration forms must be received no later than May 24, 2013; no registration forms will be accepted after this date. Please provide payment with your registration form. Payment methods are: check (made payable to West Virginia University) or credit card (Visa or Mastercard). If your tuition is to be paid by your agency, please indicate that on your registration form.
Cancellations received after April 26, 2013 will be assessed a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be made after 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2013. All cancellations must be made in writing. By registering, you allow any photos taken during the event by West Virginia University to be used in future web and printed publications.
A confirmation email along with a payment receipt will be sent within two weeks of registering. If you have not received a confirmation email within two weeks of registering, please call 304-293-0030.
If driving a personal vehicle, you will need a parking permit. Please indicate this during the registration process along with how many days of parking you require. If this has been indicated, parking permits will be provided upon arrival. You will be assigned to a designated parking area near Percival Hall and ERC/Towers. Your permit must be placed on the dashboard of your vehicle. The parking area is Short Term 4 (the back portion of Area 46). Please click on this link http://transportation.wvu.edu/r/download/100502 to view the location of the parking area. If you arrive the day of your course, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to receive your packet and parking permit.
On-campus lodging will be available at the Evansdale Residential Complex (ERC/Towers). This is dormitory style lodging and located within a five minute walk to Percival Hall and ERC/Towers classrooms. This low-cost option is: $50.00 for a single room and $25.00 per person for a double room (please indicate your option on the registration form). If you are checking in the day before your course, we encourage you to check in between 3-7 p.m. If this is not feasible, the registration desk at ERC/Towers is open 24-7. Check out time is 12 noon. If checking out after 12 noon, you will be charged for an additional night. If you are requesting lodging, please complete the “Lodging/Meal” section on the registration form.
Full service accommodations include: sheets, pillow, blanket, pillowcase, two towels and washcloth, as well as drinking glasses, bath soap and shampoo. Beds are made prior to guest arrival. Housekeeping staff will service rooms daily Monday through Friday. Rooms are not serviced on Saturday and Sunday, although extra towels and washcloths will be left in rooms on Friday. Sheets for groups/guests will be exchanged every Friday. Custodial staff will clean all common bathrooms and public areas on a daily basis.
Please remember to bring an alarm clock with you. Those who are early risers may also bring a small coffee pot. You may also want to bring shower shoes - there are no private showers.
Alternative lodging located near Percival Hall and ERC/Towers include: Hampton Inn, Euro-Suites, Quality Inn, and Residence Inn.
If you choose WVU ERC/Towers Lodging, remember that this is a West Virginia University Dormitory. There is no smoking in the rooms and no alcohol is allowed. Please adhere to a professional code of conduct.
Along with lodging in ERC/Towers, you may wish to purchase breakfast and lunch at Evansdale Café located in the Evansdale Residential Complex (please mark meals on your registration form). Evening meals are not provided, but if you wish to eat at Evansdale Café, you may do so at your own cost. There are many good restaurants within walking distance from ERC/Towers. For those who do not require lodging, you may wish to purchase breakfast or lunch at Evansdale Café (please mark meals only on the registration form). If you are participating in a Field Day Exercise, please indicate “Boxed Lunch” on the registration form for those days. During the first day of your course, you will receive a Field Day lunch menu.
BBQ Cookout & Things to do around town
On Wednesday, June 12th we will have our annual cookout. The cookout will be held at Krepps Park, which is within walking distance from ERC/Towers. If you are interested in joining us for the cookout, please indicate that on your registration form so we can plan for the amount of food that is prepared. There will also be a raffle with all the proceeds going to the "Wildland Firefighters Foundation Fund". You are welcome to bring a donation from your agency to be raffled off.
If you are interested in learning more about what is going on in Morgantown during your stay, please go to: http://www.tourmorgantown.com/index.php. This is the link for Morgantown’s Visitors Bureau where you can download the brochure. If you would like information about biking and hiking, please go to: http://www.morgantown.com/trails.htm.
Wildfire Training Academy Wear
T-Shirts will be available for purchase at this year’s Academy. The cost will be $15.00 per shirt. Please complete the section on the registration form to pre-order your shirt. Payment must be made at time of pickup.
Read the course descriptions closely as several of the courses require prerequisites. You will receive information via email and/or USPS mail concerning your pre-course work once you have registered.
Dress Code & Code of Conduct
Please select proper attire for classroom instruction. It is the student’s responsibility to provide their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for field days.
Please conduct yourself in a professional manner during your time at the Wildfire Training Academy. Your actions reflect on not only you as an individual, but your agency/department and the wildfire service as a whole.
Americans with Disabilities
If you have any special needs, contact West Virginia University at 304-293-0030 immediately. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.
The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy will attempt to provide a training program in the safest and most efficient manner possible. It is not possible to eliminate all of the potential hazards to a student’s safety. Some of the courses are “hands-on” training that may cause physical and mental stress. By agreeing to participate in The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy, you acknowledge that you are aware of the risks associated with such courses and are voluntarily agreeing to assume all risks.