Women make up only 10% of the wildland firefighting community. The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (NIPFTC) aims to use prescribed fire as a catalyst to bring women together to become strong and assertive leaders, and to enhance longevity and success for women in wildland fire management.
During the 20-day session, participants will experience 10 to 12 days of hands-on burning in complex situations such as wildland urban interface, various fuel types, and will work for several different agencies with unique management objectives. Participants will gain up-to-date knowledge on prescribed fire safety, prescribed fire planning, smoke screening tools, monitoring, and current fire policy. They will also learn how prescribed fire practitioners have developed successful programs and public support.
The variety of field experience, along with the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies, offers an accelerated learning program that will increase the home unit's capacity in fire management leadership. Participant progress will be evident through documenting training assignments and completion of tasks in NWCG Position Task Books.
There are 3 opportunities to participate in a 20-day session:
- January session: 01/07/2024 through 01/26/2024
- February session: 02/11/2024 through 03/01/2024
- March session: 03/10/2024 through 03/29/2024
The application deadline for the 2024 sessions is October 15, 2023.
Watch the 'Fireline Leadership for Women' video about the training.