The PFTC is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Training locations are dispersed throughout Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Attendees will travel to several remote sites during their stay to take advantage of prescribed burning and learning opportunities with a variety of agencies, fuel types, and challenges such as urban interface.
The Southeast is an ideal site for the PFTC due to the year round burning programs of several agencies, broad prescription windows, and the high level of interagency cooperation. During their 20 day tour, individuals should expect to participate in prescribed burns conducted for a variety of objectives. The wildland urban interface is a focus of PFTC, and most participants will have opportunities to conduct burns in interface situations. This variety of field experience with the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies offers an accelerated learning opportunity for the participants.
There is no tuition to attend the 20-day sessions; however, there is a cost for the University of Florida to acquire three (3) hours of upper division college credit. ALL PARTICIPANTS will be responsible for covering their meals and lodging on their travel card, personal credit card or cash. Most lodging sites are shared room situations. If there is a charge, the nightly fee will be divided. All participants will be on Per Diem or their agency/organization standard operating procedure during the 20 day session.
FWS, BIA, BLM, NPS participants: the home unit will be responsible for covering base 8, overtime, transportation to and from PFTC, meals, and lodging.
USFS participants: the home unit will be responsible for covering base 8 salary, travel to and from PFTC, and overtime incurred in route to and from PFTC. Costs for meals, lodging, and overtime while attending PFTC will be paid by PFTC since additional funds have been received to cover these expenses.
Private Sector and International participants: will need to contact the Administrative Specialist concerning cost for meals and lodging.
The policy at the PFTC is shared lodging rooms. The nature of the training program requires equal flexibility in lodging arrangements (from bunkhouses to cabins to motels). The PFTC has arranged numerous sites for lodging during the sessions to maximize field-burning opportunities. The nature of the training program requires equal flexibility in lodging arrangements (from bunkhouses to cabins to motels).
Last Updated: June 24, 2015