SAFE in the News

March 15, 2014: Over 50 SAFE students attend FireTrex Training

Working with The Nature Conservancy, SAFE students were able to get training and help reduce fuels in Nebraska’s Niobrara Valley.  Read articles here: Part 1 and Part 2.  Radio Interview can be heard Here.

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Tamara Bennett (left), Owen Best, and Cade Hickman (right) traveled from Stephen F. Austin State University to participate in the Fire Training Exchange in Nebraska. Photo by Anu Kramer

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Students from Colorado State University, Humboldt State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Idaho, and University of California Berkeley also partook in the learning and the fun! Photo by Emily Phillips

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When adults are encouraged to play with toy trucks in the dirt, you know you’ve found something special! TREX participants practice strategies and tactics they learned in a mock fire scenario. The individual in the “hot seat” must communicate clearly and decisively with all available resources to safely and effectively manage the situation. Photo by José Luis Duce.

March 2014:  Fire Trex–Fire Training Exchange with SAFE and The Nature Conservancy

The next generation of conservationists is taking fire leadership seriously. Fifty members of the Student Association for Fire Ecology (S.A.F.E.) from five universities are spending their spring breaks learning at the Niobrara Valley Preserve.  Not only will these students be learning how to use equipment, ignite fires and plan controlled burns but they will also be studying the effects of fire on grasslands by visiting and studying controlled burns that were completed in the past several years.  Check out the SAFE Facebook Page for live updates throughout the event!

April 2011:  SFA students receive Firewise Recognition

In a presentation on April 19, 2011, Stephen F. Austin State University students were recognized with a national level award from Firewise Communities/USA. Students in the Student Association of Fire Ecology (SAFE) recognized the wildfire dangers the university campus possesses, and set forth in an effort to mitigate those risks. The Firewise Communities program is designed to empower communities to take proactive measures to protect themselves from the dangers of wildfire. Currently there are 36 recognized communities within the State of Texas, and SFASU is the first university in the nation to receive the prestigious award.