Wildfire Training Academies

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Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academies

Every year, DNR hosts three wildfire training academies to provide quality wildland fire training at no-cost to interagency firefighting partners. Each academy uses local, state and federal firefighters' expertise to teach the courses.
The focus of the academies is to provide training in coordination with cooperating firefighting agencies to increase capacity and interagency coordination. 
The academies will offer a suite of courses in essential wildland firefighting skills, from basic to advanced levels. The courses will meet the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards, and upon successful completion of the class, a student will receive a certificate. To simulate the operational organization of a wildland fire response incident, the academies operate under the Incident Command System. This allows firefighters to become familiar with ICS and assists them with future deployments.
This training allows agencies responsible for responding to wildfires the opportunity to train together before fighting fire together, building trust with one another and introducing common language throughout all agencies.
The academies are a joint operation of DNR, USFS, county fire districts and tribes. Firefighters train in basic and advanced wildland firefighting skills.

Who can participate?

If you are affiliated with local, state, federal or tribal firefighting agencies who participate in wildland fire suppression, you are eligible to register for an academy.

Registration Information

Registration information will be under each academy. Announcements will be posted as they become available.


The academies are held using a “fire camp” setting, which means there will be morning briefings, tent camping, showers and catered meals.


Meals will be provided to all participants. Breakfast and dinner will only be provided for participants staying overnight at the academy. When registering, there is an opportunity to indicate special dietary needs.

Course Schedule

Course dates and start times are determined using a needs analysis. Once determined, the course schedule will be posted.

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Fire Training Academies  

Central Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy

May 15-20, 2019 
Primary School in Gleed
2700 Old Naches Hwy.
Yakima, WA
Registration for the Central Academy will be open from February 15 - April 15, 2019. Please register here. 
For more information, go to our Academy Information. If you have specific questions, please contact Tom Schoenfelder at 509-607-6204 or Jordan Tsubota at 541-980-1110.
For information on the course offerings and schedule, go to our Course Information.
The L-380 course is part of the academy but will be offered at a different place and time. Here is information on the L-380 course.

Eastern Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy

June 15-23, 2019 
Deer Park High School
800 S. Weber Street
Deer Park, WA
The Eastern Academy registration will be opening soon. Please check back. 

Western Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy

June 20-29, 2019
Rainier Middle School
202 2nd Street SE
Rainier, WA
The Western Academy registration will be opening soon. Please check back. If you have questions, please contact Laurie Cox at 360-902-1404.