Big Bend Valley Volunteer Wildland Firefighters Complete Basic Training


Two Big Bend Valley Volunteer Fire Department wildland firefighters successfully complete their S-130/S-190 Basic Firefighter Training at the 19th annual Fort Davis TX Mile-High Wildfire Academy.

Big Bend Valley Volunteer Wildland Firefighters Complete Basic Training

BBVVFD volunteer wildland firefighters Tanner Adamson and Tim Shirley get acquainted with a TFS Type 3 Brush Truck.

Big Bend Valley Volunteer Fire Department (BBVVFD) volunteers Michael “Tanner” Adamson and Tim “BDaddy” Shirley completed their basic training as wildland firefighters at the 19th annual Fort Davis Mile-High Wildfire Academy sponsored by the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) and hosted by the Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Department last week.

Officially entitled “S-130/190 L180 ICS 100 Basic Wildland”, the course ran from Thursday February 9th through Sunday February 12th. It encompassed both S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior and S-130 Firefighter Training and included classroom education with written examinations as well as field exercises with full personal protective equipment (PPE) such as firefighting equipment orientation, fireline construction and fire shelter deployment.

The Wildfire Academy was orchestrated by TFS Regional Fire Coordinator Robert Poenisch. Lead instructors for the course were TFS Assistant Chief Regional Fire Coordinator Jeff Meiner and TFS Task Force Coordinator Terry Jones, supported by TFS Resource Specialist Kevin Daly and other members of the TFS Trans-Pecos Task Force. Training facilities and participant meals were provided by the 32-member Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Department.

The Big Bend Valley Volunteer Fire Department was founded by Hampton “Lee” Penland, who serves as its Fire Chief. The BBVVFD Fire Hall is located just off Texas Highway 118 at Jackass Flats, about 60 miles south of Alpine and 20 miles north of Terlingua/Study Butte, south of the Cowboy Mining Company, north of Terlingua Ranch Lodge, east of American Legion Post 653 and west of WLWeb.US at 321 Legion Road.

The Big Bend Valley Volunteer Fire Department is funded solely by donations and welcomes any and all contributions. The BBVVFD is also recruiting volunteers and invites all those interested in protecting the people and property of the Big Bend Valley region to attend their regularly scheduled meetings held on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:00pm CDT.

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