The Southern Area Engine Academy provides students with the opportunities to hone their operational, driving, and maintenance capabilities with Type 6 engines to meet national standards.  Upon graduation and continued efforts from the students, we will provide the nation with skilled responders with mechanically sound engines that will exceed the expectations in response to all wildland fire operations. 

The Southwest Engine Academy is recognized nationally for its excellence in developing leadership skills and practical knowledge in the use of engines while performing in wildfire situations. The Academy is designed to allow fire professionals to achieve proficiency in all areas of engine and driving operations. The Academy cadre is made up of past graduates of the academy and fire management leaders who represent the best from the agency’s engine captains, engineers, and fire leadership. Great pride is taken in our best instructors offering one of the premiere training programs within the wildland fire community.

I am pleased that Region 3 can offer this high-quality training opportunity and I fully endorse this program. I expect that all employees involved in engine operations should include the Southwest Engine Academy in their training plans. Participants come away with greater confidence and an enhanced ability to be safe and successful. You are the future fire management leaders; this program will provide you an opportunity to further your career in fire management.

Thanks for visiting the Southwest Engine Academy. Your participation is important to the professionalism of our fire organization.

Bill Van Bruggen
Director of Fire and Aviation Management
Southwestern Region