Nechalacho base camp fire crews

About 21 firefighters from Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon, were at the Nechalacho base camp east of Yellowknife last month, fighting flare-ups at a nearby forest fire. The N.W.T.'s Department of Environment and Natural Resources says it received a big response to calls for volunteers to be trained as type 3 wildland fire crews. (Alyssa Mosher/CBC)

The N.W.T.'s Department of Environment and Natural Resources says it received a big response to calls for volunteers to be trained as type 3 wildland fire crews.

Type 3 fire crews clean up fires that have already been brought under control by type 1 fire crews. They also help out at the fire camps.

Fourteen people completed training last week and are already deployed. New training courses start in Yellowknife and Fort Smith on Wednesday.

As of last week, about 55 people from Yellowknife and Behchoko had volunteered to take the training. They took a fitness test to qualify. Some people who completed the test say they still haven't heard whether they are needed.

Because of the large response, ENR says it doesn't need to train any territorial government employees.

Meanwhile, some of the territory's type 1 fire crew's contracts expired this week. The department extended some of those contracts.

The department did not respond to a request for comment.