Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy


Mission of the S. B. W. F. A.

To develop professional and safe responses in the wildland environment by offering training and education that meets the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Standards.


The Academy

Ruidoso Convention Center

Welcome to the Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy. As fire-fighting professionals, it is important that we fully understand the theories and techniques of modern day wildland firefighting. The Academy's classes have been designed to provide you with the information and knowledge to safely and effectively fight the fire threats we see today. Our philosophy is that the more professionally trained individuals we have, the better we can serve and protect our communities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2nd Annual SBWFA Golf Scramble Registration now open!!
SBWFA Scramble Flyer

 

The planning for the 2015 Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy is underway!!!

We have our NEW schedule for the 2015 SBWFA now listed on the website; however we are not accepting registration at this time.

Please be advised that this year the SBWFA will not be accepting hard copy nomination forms. All registration and payments will be completed online through the SBWFA website. Student’s registration process and your acceptance into the SBWFA will not be finalized until registration and payment is complete.

Federal employees will still need to submit nominations through IQCS; however the registration process and your acceptance into the SBWFA will not be finalized until student has registered and paid online at the SBWFA website.

 

SCHEDULE:

The 2015 Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy will be held in Ruidoso, NM  January 24th thru 30th, 2015

Classes: 8 am – 5 pm daily
Briefing: 7:50 am daily
Check in: 7:00 – 8:00 daily

For a complete class schedule go here.

Course Registration:

To register for a class go here.

PAYMENTS:

Supervisors - if you need to pay for multiple students you can go here.

The registration fees for the Academy are:

- $50 for a refresher course or workshop
- $100 per class
- $150 for unlimited classes
 
A $50 fee will be added automatically to course fees after January 10th, 2015

LODGING:

When making reservations make sure they know you are with the SBWFA. Ask for Government Rate. All facilities offer a complementary breakfast.

The Lodge at Sierra Blanca: Double Queen $75.00, King $95.00, and Suite $105.00. Phone 866-211-7727.

This facility is next door to the convention center.

Hotel Ruidoso: King or Double Queen $83 Sun to Thu; $129 Fri & Sat nights. Phone (575) 257-2007 or (866) 734-5197.

This facility is about 2.5 miles from the convention center.

Comfort Inn Midtown: King or Double Queen $77.00. Phone (800) 424-6423 or (575) 257-2770.

This facility is also about 2.5 miles from the convention center.


Photo Contest

Please consider entering your amazing fire photos from the 2014 Fire Season in our contest. The winner will get an awesome prize presented at the 2015 Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy. Photos must be submitted electronically during the academy to sbwfa@sbwfacademy.com. You must be the photographer to submit a photo. Click here information on restrictions.


Ruidoso, New Mexico

Nestled in the mountains of the southern-most Rockies, Ruidoso is a vibrant community with many things to see and do.

At an elevation of 7,000 feet, outdoor recreation is part of the over-all appeal of the area. Much of the county, which is called Lincoln, is devoted to the one million acre Lincoln National Forest, and nature is the primary passion of the forest’s many visitors. For the avid angler, local streams and lakes are stocked at different times of the year with rainbow trout.

Much of the mountain area is dotted with trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. All of them are easily negotiated. Several stables provide rental horses at hourly or daily rates and mountain bikes are available for rent. Big game hunting opportunities abound, with deer, elk, bear and turkey being the most sought-after game.

The 15,000 square foot Billy the Kid Casino, offers a lot of fun for your money. The casino is located next door to Ruidoso Downs Race Track which offers live quarter horse and thoroughbred horse racing from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Hubbard Museum of the American West  houses an extensive permanent collection and has an ever-changing schedule of shows and activities. Featuring a magnificent collection of carriages, wagons, saddles, fine art and Indian artifacts, the role of the horse in the American West is highlighted in great detail.

Many of the area’s terrific attractions are found along the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway in what is called “Billy the Kid” country. This driving loop circles through many of Lincoln County's communities, allowing visitors the chance to see a wide range of local topography, attractions, historic and artistic venues.

The old West is more than a distant memory for Lincoln County and the surrounding area. Just down the valley from Ruidoso is the historic town of Lincoln. During 1878 and 1879, the citizens of this town experienced a full fledged war between two opposing merchants. Known as the Lincoln County War, this hard fought conflict brought notoriety to a young gun slinger called Billy the Kid. Today, old Lincoln, through careful preservation and restoration, has emerged as a visible reminder of the past. Within the town’s limits are 11 state monuments, including four museums. The museums pay tribute to the Lincoln County War, Mescalero Apache Indians, the Buffalo Soldiers, and of course, Billy the Kid.

After soaking up some history, you will be more than ready to soak up some sun at one of the area’s three public golf courses. Ruidoso’s only municipal facility, the Links at Sierra Blanca, is a world class, 18-hole course. The Scottish style course is designed to be both challenging for the experienced golfer and fun for the novice. Other notable area courses include Cree Meadows Golf Course, the area’s oldest and most established course, and the nearby Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course which winds around a man-made lake. An added advantage of the courses in Ruidoso is that these courses are open year ‘round, weather permitting.

Another attraction in the Ruidoso area is the spectacular Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts. This state-of-the-art hall features world class performers in a beautiful setting. Set high on a mesa just outside of Ruidoso, the Spencer Theater hosts Broadway shows, dance troupes, and music from around the world.

When the snow starts to fly, all thoughts turn to the ski slopes. Located 18 miles from town, Ski Apache boasts New Mexico’s largest lift capacity and runs the state's only four passenger gondola.  The ski season starts each November on Thanksgiving Day and runs until early April (weather permitting). Sierra Blanca peak has an elevation of 12,003 feet and the ski summit is 11,500 feet. The base elevation is 9,600 feet and the ski area features a vertical drop of 1,900 feet. With an average annual snowfall in excess of 15 feet, Ski Apache provides some of the best warm weather powder skiing and snowboarding in the world.

You’ll discover a variety of specialty shops and boutiques throughout Ruidoso and Lincoln County. Handmade clothing and other handcrafted items from local artisans are unique to the area.

Special events have always been part of Ruidoso’s year ‘round appeal. The Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, the nation’s premier cowboy gathering is held every October. The Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium was named one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2001 by the American Bus Association. The Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally brings over 20,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to the area each September. Annual events like Mountain of Blues Festival; Art Festival; All American Festival; Aspenfest; and Oktoberfest offer visitors the chance to celebrate.

Within easy driving distance of Ruidoso are many spectacular attractions, including Smokey Bear State Park, White Sands National Monument, the world’s largest deposit of gypsum sand; the New Mexico Space Museum & Omnimax Theater; Carlsbad Caverns, one of the world’s largest cave systems; Valley of the Fires Recreation Area, one of the United States’ youngest lava flows; the historic ghost town of White Oaks; Gran Quivira, the ruins of a seventeenth century Franciscan church and Indian Pueblo; Three River Indian petroglyph site and picnic area; and the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation.

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