Wildfire Training Academy Underway in Waterville 

Firefighters from around the state got some intense, hands-on training this weekend in Waterville.The Maine Forest Service hosted the 7-th annual Maine State Wildfire Training Academy at Thomas College.The event is a chance for rookie volunteer firefighters to learn some new skills, and for seasoned vets to improve their techniques.Crews were trained to use everything from portable pumps and chainsaws…to GPS devices.For the first time, the Academy also offered two advance level incident management courses.<"a lot of firefighters have a lot of training on structural fires, yet wildfires happen throughout the state....we've had 300 this it's good to get them trained up in wildland fire techniques.">The academy continues in Waterville next Saturday and Sunday.