WATERVILLE — Firefighters from across Maine are finishing up two weekends of training at the 10th annual Maine State Wildfire Training Academy.

Forest rangers from the Maine Forest Service are providing instruction on how to battle fires in Maine’s vast forestlands. Topics include digging fire lines, deploying fire shelters, cutting down trees with chain saws and using water pumps.

More than 160 students signed up for this year’s academy, held at Thomas College in Waterville.

The academy kicked off last weekend with two days of instruction, and wraps up this weekend with two additional days of training.


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