February 20 - March 3, 2023
Singletary Lake State Park 50 miles northwest of Wilmington, North Carolina
Apply by the end of the day on November 18, 2022
When the US fire management system was conceived in the early 1900s, women’s roles in the workforce were very different than they are now. Yet even today, women constitute a relatively small proportion of the workforce, filling roughly ten percent of wildland fire positions and only seven percent of leadership roles. In recent years, there has been an increased effort to recruit women into fire, yet social and cultural challenges remain. We believe that the groups who are generally under-represented in fire, including women, have unique talents and perspectives and that they can play a critical role in advancing fire problem solving.
During the Women-in-Fire Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (WTREX), we invite participants of all genders and ethnic and racial backgrounds to explore the growing role of women in fire management, while conducting prescribed fire operations designed to advance their formal qualifications in wildland fire management and enhance their understanding of fire ecology and effects, communications and outreach, prescribed fire policy and planning, and more.
View a video and read an article about the WTREX.