The dates of this training are: March 30-April 13, 2019.
Objectives: To conducta series of controlled burns on The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preservetoprovide experiential learning opportunities to participants.
Target Group: This training is designed to integrate a diverse group of fire practitioners, including:private landowners, volunteer fire departments, university students, municipal, state, federal and contract firefighters, as well as other natural resource managers, scientists and researchers. Trainee positions most applicable to the Niobrara Valley TREX include: FFT2, FFT1, FIRB, ENGB, & RXB2. Please contact Amanda Hefner to discuss other trainee positions.
Description: The training is organized as an incident, using the Incident Command System. Participants will serve in qualified and trainee firefighting positions on a burn team and will assist with preparing, scouting, briefing, igniting, holding,mop-up, and patrol on numerous controlled burns in the area. We will also complete pre-and post-fire monitoring, train with various equipment, practice fireline leadership skills, and learn about local fire ecology andmanagement.
There will be field trips to areas burned in recent fires and presentations from local ranchersand other community members, scientists, land managers and fire practitioners. Participants will also present briefings about the fire regimes in their home region and discuss management challenges and opportunities there.