National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center

What is the Prescribed Fire Training Center?

The Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a unique program blending maximum field prescribed burning experience with a flexible curriculum of classroom instruction on foundational topics for prescribed fire practitioners.

The PFTC is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Training locations are dispersed throughout Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, 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.


FY2019 20-Day Sessions

January 6, 2019 to January 25, 2019
February 3, 2019 to February 22, 2019
March 10, 2019 to March 29, 2019
April 7, 2019 to April 26, 2019
June 2, 2019 to June 21, 2019

FY2019 Agency Admin Workshops

October 25, 2018 to October 30, 2018     
February 28, 2019 to March 5, 2019

The staff at the National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center is made up of, and supported by the following interagency partners:

PFTC Staff
Title Name Agency Work # Cell #
Director Robert Trincado FWS 850.523.8633 850.274.3109
Admin. Specialist Carolyn Detwiler FS 850.523.8634 850.320.1790
Fire Training Specialist Greg Seamon Tall Timbers 850.523.8631 850.556.8613
Operations Specialist Mark “Mav” Ploski FS 850.523.8637 850.879.0914

The following agencies make up the PFTC Interagency Partnership:

  • The USDA Forest Service
  • USDI Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USDI Bureau of Land Management
  • USDI National Park Service
  • USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Florida Forest Service
  • Tall Timbers
  • Department of Defense

The Prescribed Fire Training Center is sanctioned by the NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group).

The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center is wholly responsible for the content of this site. We gratefully acknowledge the Fish and Wildlife Service for hosting our site.

Last Updated: July 10, 2018