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Davidson River Initial Attack Celebrates 10 Years - Pisgah Forest, NC


December 4, 2017

The Davidson River (DVR) Initial Attack program recently celebrated its 10th year with an anniversary celebration at the Cradle of Forestry.

As part of the Schenck Job Corps, this advanced fire training program has been touching lives, giving students a chance to learn a skill that opens doors to their future.

Since its inception, DVR has provided a cost-effective workforce for prescribed burning, initial attack and extended attack on wildfires and project work, according to a press release. They also provide opportunities for wildland firefighters from across the nation to detail into overhead positions as trainees with the crew.

"DVR is providing opportunities for students to spring forward, making future leaders for fire management," said Allen Nicholas, forest supervisor on the National Forests in North Carolina.

This year's DVR students put in nine months of work, training to become qualified wildland firefighters and will soon assist on prescribed fires in national forests. As part of the program, students are also given opportunities to learn about fisheries, timber, archaeology and wilderness stewardship, including restoring campsites in wilderness areas in the Pisgah National Forest.

They become a part of a team, according to Wesley Hood, a current student in the program.

"My favorite thing about DVR is meeting people from all over the United States and seeing places that I wouldn't have been able to see, like Mount Rushmore," he said.

One hundred and sixty-four students have completed the fire training program, with an almost 100 percent job placement.

Many students work for local, state and federal governments after graduating.


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