* WHAT :* The media are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours celebrating the opening of the $6.3 million West Virginia University Extension State Fire Training Academy on the campus of WVU Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp, near Weston.

* WHEN :* 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24

* WHO :* David Miller, associate provost for WVU Extension and Public Service, will be the master of ceremonies for the brief program. More than 160 guests will participate including representatives from West Virginia American Water, the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce and firefighters and other first responders from throughout the state. Special guests will be the teens participating in this weeks West Virginia 2008 Junior Firefighter Camp, which is taught by WVU Fire Service Extension faculty (related release athttp://wvutoday.wvu.edu/news/page/6917/).

* WHERE :* The fire training academy is on a newly developed portion of WVU Jacksons Mill campus. The entrance to the academy is off of Old Mill Road. To reach the academy, take Jacksons Mill Road past the Mills main entrance. Go to the stop sign at the corner of Jacksons Mill and Old Mill roads. Turn left. Drive about 1-and-a-half miles. The academy will be on the left. (For directions to WVU Jacksons Mill, go tohttp://www.wvu.edu/%7Eexten/depts/jmill/jmdirect.htm.)

* PHOTO /VIDEO OPS :*

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Tour of WVU Extension State Fire Training Academy
  • Tour of live-burn Mobile Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Unit
  • Tour of two-story, live-burn Mobile Fire Training Unit
  • Interviews with volunteer and professional firefighters
  • Interviews with junior firefighter campers
  • Interviews with Murrey Loflin, director of WVU Fire Service Extension