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

S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

September 11, 2020 12:00 am

S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

This NWCG course offered by Fox Valley Technical College 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). Please send a copy of

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Madison Area Technical College

Other Trainings

S-130/S-190/L-180 Basic Wildfire Firefighter & Prescribed Fire Training

September 4, 2020 9:00 am

S-130/S-190/L-180 Basic Wildfire Firefighter & Prescribed Fire Training

S-130/S-190/L-180 Basic Wildfire Firefighter & Prescribed Fire Training courses are being offered through a partnership between UW Arboretum and Incident Management Specialist LLC. This is a 30 hour on-line version with a 2 hour field day held at the UW Arboretum in Madison, WI on September 4, 2020. This 32‐hour course encompasses S‐130 Fire Fighter (24 hrs. online

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September 14, 2020 12:00 am

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior – Online Course

This Intermediate Fire Behavior Course S-290 is hosted by UW-Madison Arboretum and Incident Management Specialist LLC is an opportunity to learn how to use fire behavior knowledge to safely suppress wildfires and manage prescribed fires. This course is National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certified. The online course work can be completed in approximately fifteen hours

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September 16, 2020 12:00 am

S-219 Firing Operations – Online Course

This course is being offered through a partnership between UW Arboretum and Incident Management Specialist LLC.to the citizens in the Wisconsin and surrounding states. This course is being offered to educate the public on the roles and responsibilities of a firing boss (FIRB) and outlines duties of other personnel who may engage firing operations. The

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Crew Member and Fire Leadership Training

November 7, 2020 9:00 am

Crew Member and Fire Leadership Training

Description: The course provides a background in fire ecology, fire behavior, fire effects, and the prediction of fire behavior for fuels of the Upper Midwest (wetland, prairie, savanna).  The course includes field training with live fire exercises (working with fire by burning breaks, spot fire training and ring fire implementation) as well as safe, effective

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