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 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.
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
January 4, 2021 8:00 am
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 strictlyRead more
January 18, 2021 8:00 am
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...Read more
March 5, 2021 8:00 am
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...Read more
March 26, 2021 8:00 am
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 distancingRead more
Madison Area Technical College
February 8, 2021 8:00 am
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 5Read more
March 12, 2021 8:00 am
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 & 21Read more
February 23, 2021 9:00 am
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 asRead more