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Wildland Fire Fighting Training

New Hampshire & Maine

We're looking for volunteers willing to play an active role in restoration and assist on controlled burns in Maine and New Hampshire!  

The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire and Maine is pleased to announce we will be hosting a Wildland Fire Fighting Training course in 2020. This course is required training for entry level wildland firefighters. We’re looking for volunteers willing to assist on controlled burns in both states. Please come and join us!

Course Description: This is an introductory course is designed to provide entry-level firefighter skills, instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and prepare new firefighters for local and national fire response. Students will be introduced to and gain knowledge of basic incident management organization, firefighting techniques, suppression equipment, safety, strategy and tactics, along with basic fire behavior. Field exercises will provide valuable hands-on training. Students should pack a lunch and plan to work in the field regardless of weather conditions. Instructors are Jonathan Bailey and Michael Crawford.

Course includes: S-130 Firefighter Training, S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline, Introduction to the National Command System ICS-100, and an Introduction to the National Incident Management System IS-700.

Dates and Time Requirements: Students will be required to attend an online informational session on March 5, 2020, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., where we'll provide students instructions and expectations for the full course. The bulk of this course will be taken online at your own pace (approximately 35 hours). Students will be required to attended a second online meeting on April 21st, 2020 from 12:00pm-1:00pm as a mid-point check-in. Students will have until June 10, 2020 to finish the online portion, at which time students are required to attend a mandatory 8-hour, S-130 field day on June 11th, from 8:00 to 4:00. Students will also be required to attend a prescribed fire with The Nature Conservancy as a trainee in order to become a qualified Fire Fighter Type 2.

Physical Fitness Requirement: A pack test determined by federal standards will be conducted during the field day. The Arduous pack test includes a 3-mile hike with 45lbs. in under 45 minutes or the Moderate pack test includes a 2-mile hike with 25lbs in 30 minutes.

How to Sign-Up: The deadline to register is March 2, 2020.

Free. Class size is limited to 40 students, and registration is required. Register today!

Questions? Please contact Michael Crawford at mcrawford@tnc.org or 603-230-9209.

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Get trained as a Wildland Fire Fighter.