The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a program designed to give individuals an opportunity to increase their prescribed fire practitioner skills. Over the course of their 20 day training assignment, participants will gain confidence in their own ability to conduct prescribed fires and assume leadership roles in their home unit’s fire program. Students will experience 10 - 12 days of hands-on burning in such situations as wildland urban interface, a variety of fuel types, and for several different agencies with unique management objectives. They will perform as a trainee burn boss, firing boss, fire effects monitor, or other prescribed fire positions on multiple burn assignments. Participants will interact one-on-one with experienced prescribed fire practitioners from across the Southeast United States and gain a better understanding of fire regimes, condition classes, firing techniques, smoke management, and fire effects.
The participants will gain up-to-date knowledge on prescribed fire safety, prescribed fire planning, smoke screening tools, monitoring, and current fire policy. They will learn how prescribed fire practitioners have developed successful programs, public support, and get connected to a network of fire practitioners with other agencies, the private sector, and international agencies. This training will result in an increase in the participant’s and the home unit’s capacity in fire management leadership. Student progress will be evident through documenting training assignments and completion of tasks in the NWCG task books. The variety of field experience along with the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies offers an accelerated learning program for the participants during their 20 day tour. Additionally the Center encourages attendance from non-fire personnel looking to expand their understanding and experiences in fire.
Agency Administrators/Line Officers from land management agencies seeking experience to effectively manage and oversee the implementation of an integrated fuels management program. Selected participants will receive hands-on experience in prescribed fire application and will have the opportunity to interact and mentor with skilled prescribed fire practitioners and successful fuels program managers. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about policy, planning, and implementation of fire in order to enhance their programs. Experienced and diverse cadre members offer insight to management challenges (including how to restore fire to the landscape and meeting objectives for multiple resources using prescribed fire.) For Forest Service participants, this Workshop meets FSM 5140 requirements to approve Prescribed Fire Burn Plans. For Fish and Wildlife Service participants, this Workshop meets Interagency Fire Management Leadership course requirements to approve burn plans.
October 29 – November 3, 2014
The Workshop includes interaction with active federal and state prescribed fire programs. The selected workshop start/end point will be near a major Florida jetport to be determined at a later date. During the workshop the participants and cadre will move within a geographic region to take advantage of burning windows and programs. This will necessitate changing lodging at least once, if not more, during the week.
As a result of The National Fire Plan, Cohesive Strategy, and the Healthy Forest Initiative, land management agencies are being tasked to aggressively implement fuels management programs. Line Officers and Agency Administrators are required to gain additional skills and increase involvement to effectively manage evolving fuels management programs. This one-week course is structured to give the managers six days of experience burning with highly skilled cooperators. PFTC will have several experienced fire managers from different parts of the United States attending the workshop and actively burning with participants. During the week, Agency Administrators will have the opportunity to apply prescribed fire and interact with highly skilled practitioners and policy makers.
This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to:
The workshop begins at 0800 on Wednesday, October 29. The team will spend the following morning in orientation with short briefings on safety, equipment, and southeastern fuels. Field trips/burning will be at potential cooperator sites located within the area chosen for the workshop. Federal, state and private cooperators may be visited during this timeframe. On the last day, participants will conduct a closeout with the cadre. Participants should plan to travel home the morning of November 4. PFTC will provide all transportation during the workshop.
There is no tuition. All costs for travel, per diem, salary and overtime will be the responsibility of the sending unit. PFTC will provide transportation during the workshop. All non red-carded participants must have watched the video, Using Your Fire Shelter (NFES-1568). Participants must provide appropriate PPE.
“If there is a secret, executive level list of the best federal courses, this (Workshop) should be on it!
Drew Milroy, Natural Resources Manager, US Air Force, 2004
“Absolutely one of the best courses I have ever taken in 22 years with the FS. The cadre was tremendously experienced and professional. They also had clearly mastered the techniques of adult education. The course provided a mix of lecture, discussion, hands-on experience, modeling, and role-playing that could not have been better designed or implemented anywhere. I had fun and I learned a lot. The cadre made sure that we met our individual objectives as well as the course objectives, and that everyone got direct hands-on experience."
Jerry Ingersoll, Deputy Forest Supervisor, USFS Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, 2009
“The energy the staff put into the training really made it successful. The constant re-evaluation of progress and the flexibility to shift topics and venues really made the course work”
Tim Pohlman, District Ranger, USFS Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Springs RD, 2010
“This is the most hands-on training for an Agency Administrator I’ve attended. Invaluable experience.”
Donna Mickley, District Ranger, USFS Rogue River-Siskiyou, Siskiyou Mountain RD, 2011
“The years of experience and the passion exhibited by the cadre members are unmatched in any training I have attended.”
Kim Pierson, District Ranger, USFS Payette National Forest, New Meadows RD, 2011
“If you’re involved in prescribed fire application and policy, this workshop is a must go!”
Mick Mueller, NEPA Coordinator, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River RD, 2012
“I’ve been to four other line officer courses and PFTC blows them all out of the water.”
Matt McCombs, District Ranger, USFS Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian RD, 2013
Greg Seamon, Fire Training Specialist
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Last Updated: July 1, 2014