The U.S. Congress has approved nearly $1 million in funding for the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy (FSA) in its latest federal omnibus appropriations bill, signed by President Bush for fiscal year 2008. The bill earmarks $984,000 to support the Academy’s mission of providing first-responder training and scholarships, as well as infrastructure development.
The appropriation comes on the heels of a three-year, $8-million U.S. Department of Energy grant secured by Reid through Sept. 2007, which supported FSA training of emergency responders from all 50 states in incidents resulting from terrorist activity and natural disasters.
For more than 30 years, the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy has trained firefighters and emergency personnel from businesses and government agencies from all 50 states and nearly 40 countries. As one of the finest emergency response-training programs and facilities in the world, the FSA’s campus in Carlin, Nev., provides scheduled courses as well as customized training. The academy includes multimedia classrooms and state-of-the-art training grounds and props for industrial firefighting, hazardous materials, aircraft, structural, mine rescue and extrication exercises. Burnable props use liquid petroleum fuels in real-life situations.