Training Committee

Training Committee

Chair: Jeb Barzen, Private Lands Conservation LLC 

For more information on our Training Committee, training opportunities, or to join the committee, please contact Jeb Barzen. Participation in the committee is open to any interested member of the WPFC.

Our Mission

Our mission is to maximize our ability to burn more fire-adapted landscapes safely and effectively by increasing our training capacity for both NWCG and non-NWCG-track training for all levels of participation.

To improve prescribed burning capacity in Wisconsin, WPFC endorses two, parallel sets of prescribed fire crew training requirements: specific prescribed fire standards identified by WPFC, or compliance with National Wildfire Coordinating Group (i.e. federal wildfire suppression) requirements. To that end the WPFC works to train more people, at all levels of fire training, to staff the growing demand for implementing safe and effective prescribed fires.

Basic Fire Crew Primer

The Primer is an introduction to prescribed fire for a general audience. Its purpose is to assist training of crew at a basic level, for conducting prescribed fire in various habitats such as grassland, oak savanna, woodland, or wetland. The document is a collaboration between three fire educators in southern Wisconsin and was influenced by both WPFC and NWCG standards. The Primer serves as an introduction and refresher and is not a replacement for guided training and field experience.

Training Opportunities

The following training opportunities are available throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. These opportunities will meet one or both of our set of standards.

Fox Valley Technical College

NWCG S-130/S-190/L-180 Wildland Fire Intro

January 4, 2021 8:00 am

NWCG S-130/S-190/L-180 Wildland Fire Intro

When: Monday – Friday, January 4-8, 2021, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; Class #31872. Cost $337.80. The course prepares new firefighters in basic firefighting skills and behavior; factors that will aid them in the safe and effective control of wildland fires. Face Masks will be required at all times, social distancing guidelines will be strictly

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NWCG S-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior

January 18, 2021 8:00 am

NWCG S-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior

When: Monday-Thursday, January 18-21, 2021, 8:00am-6:00pm; Class #31873. Cost $168.90. This class is designed to prepare the prospective supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. This course builds upon the basics in S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior but provides more detailed information about characteristics and interactions of the wildland fire...

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Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

February 26, 2021 1:30 pm

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

Arduous and moderate available. Cost $11.45 Friday Feb 26th 2021 from 1:30pm-3:30pm, class number 31891 Contact Kelly White for more information or help with enrollment by email or phone at 920-225-5950.

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NWCG S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

March 5, 2021 8:00 am

NWCG S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

When: Friday-Sunday, March 5-7 2021, 8:00am-6:00pm; Class #31851. Cost $168.90. This class provides an introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chainsaws and their tactical wildland fire applications. Prerequisites for this course are S130/S190/L180 and current certification in basic First Aid/CPR or higher (i.e. First Responder or EMT). Face...

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Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

March 25, 2021 3:30 pm

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

Arduous and moderate available. Cost $11.45 Thursday March 25th 2021 from 3:30-5:30pm, class number 31892 Contact Kelly White for more information or help with enrollment by email or phone at 920-225-5950.

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NWCG RT-130 Annual Refresher

March 26, 2021 8:00 am

NWCG RT-130 Annual Refresher

When: Friday and Saturday, March 26-27 2021, 8:00am-6:00pm; Class #31880. Cost $155.90. RT-130 is the annual fire line safety refresher training required for all firefighters. Topics differ by year based on industry recommendations and identified training needs. Includes annual shelter deployment practice for all participants. Face Masks will be required at all times, social distancing

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Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

March 29, 2021 3:00 pm

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

Arduous and moderate available. Cost $11.45 Monday March 29th 2021 from 3-5pm, class number 31893 Contact Kelly White for more information or help with enrollment by email whitek@fvtc.edu or phone at 920-225-5950.

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Madison Area Technical College

NWCG S-130/S-190/L-180 Wildland Fire Intro

February 8, 2021 8:00 am

NWCG S-130/S-190/L-180 Wildland Fire Intro

This course prepares new firefighters in basic firefighting skills and behavior; factors that will aid them in the safe and effective control of wildland fires. Course number: 64142 Course location: MATC Protective Services Center – Room 220 1701 Pearson St., Madison, WI Course Dates: February 8th – February 12th 2021 *You must attend all 5

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NWCG S-130/S-190/L-180 Wildland Fire Intro

March 12, 2021 8:00 am

NWCG S-130/S-190/L-180 Wildland Fire Intro

This course prepares new firefighters in basic firefighting skills and behavior; factors that will aid them in the safe and effective control of wildland fires. Course number: 64143 Course location: MATC Protective Services Center – Room 220 1701 Pearson St., Madison, WI Course Dates: March 12, 13, 14 [Fri, Sat, Sun] and then March 20 & 21

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Other Trainings

2021 TPE Online Conference Burn School

February 23, 2021 9:00 am

2021 TPE Online Conference Burn School

This online workshop is designed to meet part of the training requirements for becoming an official crew member on TPE-sponsored prescribed burns. Following successful completion of the course, students will also need to participate in a short field session on equipment and fire suppression techniques with their local chapter. Students will also need to serve as

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