Wildland firefighters must take FEMA course

Wildland firefighters must take FEMA course

26 February 2013

published by www.newsminer.com

USA — FAIRBANKS — Alaska wildland firefighters must take a special course required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency before they can get their red cards for the 2013 firefighting season.

Both permanent and emergency wildland firefighters are required to complete “An Introduction to the National Incident Management System” to obtain their 2013 red cards, which are required before a firefighter can be dispatched to a fire.

The three-hour course “introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS),” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.

Emergency firefighters can take the class online and bring the certificate of completion to firefighter refresher training this spring or fax it to their local area forestry office for record keeping. The class will be taught during annual fireline safety refresher courses for those who are unable to complete the class online. Firefighters who do not have Internet access should contact their local forestry office for the dates of the course.


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