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 Intro to Wildland Fire

August 9, 2021 8:00 am

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

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. Please complete IS100 and IS 700 prior to start date. When: Monday-Friday, August 9-13, 2021, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Class #51417 Contact Kelly White for more information or help with enrollment

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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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