The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a program designed to give individuals an opportunity to increase their prescribed fire practitioner skills. Over the course of their 20 day training assignment, participants will gain confidence in their own ability to conduct prescribed fires and assume leadership roles in their home unit’s fire program. Students will experience 10 - 12 days of hands-on burning in such situations as wildland urban interface, a variety of fuel types, and for several different agencies with unique management objectives. They will perform as a trainee burn boss, firing boss, fire effects monitor, or other prescribed fire positions on multiple burn assignments. Participants will interact one-on-one with experienced prescribed fire practitioners from across the Southeast United States and gain a better understanding of fire regimes, condition classes, firing techniques, smoke management, and fire effects.
The participants will gain up-to-date knowledge on prescribed fire safety, prescribed fire planning, smoke screening tools, monitoring, and current fire policy. They will learn how prescribed fire practitioners have developed successful programs, public support, and get connected to a network of fire practitioners with other agencies, the private sector, and international agencies. This training will result in an increase in the participant’s and the home unit’s capacity in fire management leadership. Student progress will be evident through documenting training assignments and completion of tasks in the NWCG task books. The variety of field experience along with the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies offers an accelerated learning program for the participants during their 20 day tour. Additionally the Center encourages attendance from non-fire personnel looking to expand their understanding and experiences in fire.