The Southern Area Engine Academy is an inter-agency supported course targeting supervisors and crew personnel responsible for initial attack and tactical decision-making in the suppression of wildfires and the management of prescribed fires. Students receive a solid grounding in the safe and effective use of a variety of water handling equipment and wildland engine related tactics.
The academy begins with the S-211, Portable Pumps and Water Use course and builds into the SA214 engine class. Instructors use lectures, visual aids and field exercises, to teach the application of hydraulics, engine operations, water-handling equipment, engine tactics and safety at wildland fires.
This class is highly labor intensive with about 1 instructor for every 2.5 students. Students are given the opportunity to work on engine teams of 3 people and will have an engine coach assigned to their team for the entire week.