Three Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Wildlland Program firefighting instructors have been deployed to the Upper Micah Complex Fire outside St. Maries, Idaho. The instructors are part of a Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew. Jason Sartin, Anthony Longbucco and Jim Tresouthick were deployed on August 4. Their assignment will run until approximatelyAugust 20.
While on the fire, the crew will be working under the direction of a National Type II Incident Management Team from the Northern Rocky Mountain Region. The crew will be engaged in fire suppression and support functions on the incident. The crew is composed of personnel from structural fire departments, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Sartin will serve as the Assistant Crew Boss, Tresouthick and Longbucco will serve the crew as sawyers.
A fourth instructor — Leon Duncan — is leaving Friday, August 8 for the July Complex Fire in the Klamath National Forest in California to serve as a Documentation Unit Leader for the National Type I Incident Management Team from the California region.
The four instructors are among 25 IFSI instructors who are trained to respond to and serve functions under national incident command structures.
The Illinois Fire Service Institute is the statutory State Fire Academy for Illinois. In addition to training provided at its Champaign campus, the Institute offers one-day hands-on classes for fire departments at Regional Training Centers and local fire stations across the State. The mission of the Illinois Fire Service Institute is to help firefighters do their work through training, education, information and research.