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

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

January 3, 2022 8:00 am

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

Wildland Fire Intro – NWCG S-130/S-190/L-180; When: Monday – Friday, January 3-7, 2022, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; Class #61903. Cost $335.40. 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 are required at this time. Prerequisites for this

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NWCG S-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior

January 11, 2022 8:00 am

NWCG S-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior

Intermediate Fire Behavior – NWCG S-290; When: Tuesday-Friday, January 11-14, 2022, 8:00am-6:00pm; Class #61846. Cost $167.70. 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...

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NWCG S-390 Fire Behavior Calculations

February 15, 2022 8:00 am

NWCG S-390 Fire Behavior Calculations

Fire Behavior Calculations – NWCG S-390 – When: Tuesday-Friday, February 15-18, 2022, 8:00am-6:00pm; Class #61847. Cost $311.90 Provides an introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations, which develops knowledge and skills required for effective fire behavior prediction. Face Masks are required at this time Prerequisites for this course are S290 and S219. Questions or interest in

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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

Other Trainings

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

August 30, 2021 12:00 am

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

These courses are being offered through a partnership between Middleton Parks & Recreation and Incident Management Specialist LLC. to the citizens in Wisconsin and surrounding states. These courses are opportunities to educate the public on how to safely suppress wildfires and manage prescribed fires. This 32‐hour course encompasses S‐130 Fire Fighter (24 hrs. online and

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NWCG S-131: Firefighter Type I

November 1, 2021 8:00 am

NWCG S-131: Firefighter Type I

Presented in a 100% virtual format via Canvas and Zoom through the Natural Areas Training Academy!  Regular Registration: $75 Late Registration: $90 (if registering after registration window, November 7th) This is a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course designed for individuals with wildland fire experience who are currently qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2), and...

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NWCG RX310 – Introduction to Fire Effects

December 6, 2021 8:00 am

NWCG RX310 – Introduction to Fire Effects

This is an online, self-paced is being offered through the University of Idaho. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and communicate the relationships between basic fire regimes and fire effects, the effects of fire treatments on fire effects, and to manipulate fire treatments to achieve desired

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