USA — As areas of the West continue to struggle with drought conditions, another year of tinder dry grass and the threat of large wildland fires await. To prepare for the coming wildland season, the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy (FSA) is offering a Wildland Fire Academy that provides a set of classes meeting all applicable National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards.
The FSA’s Wildland Fire Academy curriculum consists of Wildland Firefighter (FFT I), NWGC S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, NWCG S-230 Crew Boss/Single Resource, and NWCG S-231 Engine Boss/Single Resource. Each of these classes may be taken individually or as an entire block. Students who successfully complete one or all of the courses and the subsequent position task book will receive the FSA NWCG-compliant Red Card displaying the updated qualifications.
In addition to the upcoming Wildland Academy, the FSA offers wildland fire courses year-round. Courses can be delivered at the FSA’s Carlin, Nev., campus, and the FSA can contract to provide existing or customized courses off-campus at corporate or industrial facilities to meet individual needs. Private contract firefighters will also find the FSA wildland program of interest as requirements for Third Party Qualification Certifications (Red Cards) are continuously being increased.
Owners/managers of corporate and industrial facilities that face potential wildland fire threat can benefit by providing this type of training to their emergency response personnel or brigades. Training in these instances can be customized to meet individual client needs and do not necessarily need to meet NWCG standards if the client requests. Details can be provided on a case-by-case basis.
Recognized as one of the most comprehensive emergency response programs and facilities in the world, the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy has been training and preparing organizations, businesses and government agencies in emergency management, hazardous materials containment, rescue operations and industrial firefighting for more than 30 years.