Wildland Fire Academies
   

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Washington Interagency Wildland Fire Academies

DNR’s Wildland Fire Academy Program hosts interagency academy sessions to provide quality wildland fire training at no-cost to Washington's in-state interagency firefighting partners. The program leverages local, state and federal firefighters' expertise to deliver the courses. The interagency model 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 offer a suite of operational wildland firefighting courses leading to qualifications at the Firefighter Type 2, Firefighter Type 1, and Single Resource Boss levels. The courses meet National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards. 
 
To simulate the operational organization of a wildland fire response incident, the in-person academy sessions operate under the Incident Command System (ICS). This allows firefighters to become familiar with ICS and assists them with future deployments.
 
The academies are a joint operation of DNR, federal wildland fire agencies, county fire districts, and tribes. 

What do the academies look like through 2022?

The program will continue to provide virtual training for fall 2021 through spring 2022, as well as limited in-person training for the required field components of courses in spring 2022. There is a possibility of limited multi-course, in-person academies in spring 2022.
 
All available academy offerings will be listed in the course schedule.

What courses are offered?

Who can participate?

 
If you have specific questions about any of the academies, contact Lois Anderson, Wildland Fire Academy Coordinator, at lois.anderson@dnr.wa.gov.