AUBURN, AL - Auburn University will host the first national training program for Wildland firefighters in the eastern U.S.
The Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program has trained more than 2,000 people to fight fires in California.
Auburn University's Dixon Center is its first eastern training site.
Firefighter apprentices are learning how fire behaves and how to suppress it with hands-on field experience.
The course also covers how to make decisions under pressure and lead a team.
the next academy will be in March.