Training Committee

Training Committee

Co-Chairs: Rob Nurre, Landscape Historian and President of the Wisconsin Archeological Society and Alison Duff, USDA Research Ecologist

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

Be sure to check out our Events page for upcoming training events offered by our trusted partners.

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-390 – Fire Behavior Calculation

February 20, 2024 8:00 am

NWCG S-390 – Fire Behavior Calculation

Fire Behavior Calculations – NWCG S-390 Provides an introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations, which develops knowledge and skills required for effective fire behavior prediction. When: Tuesday-Friday, February 20-23, 2024,

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NWCG S-212 – Wildland Fire Chainsaws

February 23, 2024 8:00 am

NWCG S-212 – Wildland Fire Chainsaws

Wildland Fire Chainsaws – NWCG S-212 This class provides an introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chainsaws and their tactical wildland fire applications. When:

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Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

March 1, 2024 1:30 pm

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) 3 test times; arduous and moderate available. Cost $11.81 Friday March 1 2024 from 1:30pm-3:30pm, class number 31951 Thursday March 21st 2024 from 2:30-4:30pm, class

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NWCG RT-130 – Annual Refresher

March 29, 2024 8:00 am

NWCG RT-130 – Annual Refresher

Annual Refresher – NWCG RT-130 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.

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Madison Area Technical College

Other Trainings

UWSP – NWCG Basic Wildfire S-130/S-190/L-180

February 23, 2024 8:00 am

UWSP – NWCG Basic Wildfire S-130/S-190/L-180

The UWSP Fire Crew is putting on our annual Spring class coming up. With this class, attendees would receive S-130, S-190, L-180, IS-100.C, and IS-700.B. Application are due by February

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TPE Beginner Prescribed Burn Training

March 9, 2024 9:00 am

TPE Beginner Prescribed Burn Training

The Prairie Enthusiasts is offering a prescribed burn training session for beginners on Saturday 3/9/2024 in Cross Plains.  Andy Seeger will be teaching alongside Rob Baller, Scott Fulton, and Rob

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Incident Command Specialist

NWCG S-390 – Fire Behavior Calculation

February 20, 2024 8:00 am

NWCG S-390 – Fire Behavior Calculation

Fire Behavior Calculations – NWCG S-390 Provides an introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations, which develops knowledge and skills required for effective fire behavior prediction. When: Tuesday-Friday, February 20-23, 2024,

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NWCG S-212 – Wildland Fire Chainsaws

February 23, 2024 8:00 am

NWCG S-212 – Wildland Fire Chainsaws

Wildland Fire Chainsaws – NWCG S-212 This class provides an introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chainsaws and their tactical wildland fire applications. When:

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Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

March 1, 2024 1:30 pm

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) 3 test times; arduous and moderate available. Cost $11.81 Friday March 1 2024 from 1:30pm-3:30pm, class number 31951 Thursday March 21st 2024 from 2:30-4:30pm, class

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NWCG RT-130 – Annual Refresher

March 29, 2024 8:00 am

NWCG RT-130 – Annual Refresher

Annual Refresher – NWCG RT-130 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.

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