Training Committee

Training Committee

Chair: Rob Nurre, Landscape Historian and President of the Wisconsin Archeological Society 

For more information on our Training Committee, training opportunities, or to join the committee, please contact Rob Nurre. 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

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) – Feb

February 25, 2022 1:30 pm

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) – Feb

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) – 3 test times; arduous and moderate available. Cost $11.55 Friday Feb 25th 2022 from 1:30pm-3:30pm, class number 61852 Thursday March 24th 2022 from 3:30-5:30pm, class number 61853 Monday March 28th 2022 from 2:30-4:30pm, class number 61854 Contact Kelly White for more information or help with enrollment by email whitek@fvtc.edu or phone

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NWCG S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

March 4, 2022 8:00 am

NWCG S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

Wildland Fire Chainsaws – NWCG S-212; When: Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 2022, 8:00am-6:00pm; Class #61844. Cost $167.70. 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...

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Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) – Mar 24

March 24, 2022 3:30 pm

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) – Mar 24

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) – 3 test times; arduous and moderate available. Cost $11.55 Friday Feb 25th 2022 from 1:30pm-3:30pm, class number 61852 Thursday March 24th 2022 from 3:30-5:30pm, class number 61853 Monday March 28th 2022 from 2:30-4:30pm, class number 61854 Contact Kelly White for more information or help with enrollment by email whitek@fvtc.edu or phone

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NWCG RT-130 Annual Refresher

March 25, 2022 8:00 am

NWCG RT-130 Annual Refresher

Annual Refresher – NWCG RT-130; When: Friday and Saturday, March 25-26 2022, 8:00am-6:00pm; Class #61849. Cost $158.20. 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 are required at

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Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) – Mar 28

March 28, 2022 2:30 pm

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) – Mar 28

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) – 3 test times; arduous and moderate available. Cost $11.55 Friday Feb 25th 2022 from 1:30pm-3:30pm, class number 61852 Thursday March 24th 2022 from 3:30-5:30pm, class number 61853 Monday March 28th 2022 from 2:30-4:30pm, class number 61854 Contact Kelly White for more information or help with enrollment by email whitek@fvtc.edu or phone

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Madison Area Technical College

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

February 11, 2022 8:00 am

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

Madison College is offering an instructor led Basic Wildland Fire Course (S-130, S-190, L-180) on weekends in February.  The classes start this Friday February 11.  Class dates are Fri Feb 11, Sat Feb 12, Sun Feb 13 and Sat Feb 26, Sun Feb 27.  All classes run 8 am to 5 pm. To register contact

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Other Trainings

Smoke TOOLS Workshop

March 2, 2022 8:00 am

Smoke TOOLS Workshop

When – March 2nd, 2022 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Central Where – Virtual through Zoom – link will be sent to registrants Instructor – Trent Wickman, Air Resource Specialist for MI-MN-WI, Eastern Regional Office, USDA – Forest Service Overview of the Workshop – Smoke management and smoke hazards are one of the most

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