The Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy was created and developed in 2002, as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our dedication and passion for firefighter training and safety is the foundation of our organization. Since its inception, the Academy has issued over 10,000 certificates of completion to firefighters in wildland firefighter training and the Incident Management System. The firefighters that attend our academy represent over four hundred twenty fire departments and eight agencies throughout the state of Arizona, plus a wide range of agencies throughout the country.
The benefits of the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA) are measured in several ways, but most importantly being the safety of our firefighter. The knowledge gained by this formal training continues to support our firefighters in quality decision making that makes a huge difference in structures, land and lives saved annually. The AWIMA provides over 50 wildfire and incident management classes annually. Our target students are from rural, volunteer, city fire departments and districts as well as new recruits. The benefits of this training to city, rural and volunteer fire districts are invaluable. Their ability to keep abreast of technological changes, as well as firefighting techniques, raises the skill levels in these departments and fire districts. This enhances firefighter safety in the suppression efforts in the wildland/urban interface environment while protecting communities state wide.