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Interagency Training

Wildland Fire Academy field exercises in West Marin
Wildland Fire Academy field exercises in West Marin
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Training is an important aspect of all fire management activities to ensure safe and successful operations. Minimum interagency training requirements are established for fire positions by NWCG, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Overview of Training and Qualifications
An introduction to wildland fire training and qualifications on the NPS Fire and Fire Aviation website.

Minimum Training Requirements
The NWCG "Wildland and Prescribed Fire Qualifications System Guide" (PMS 310-1) lists the minimum training required for all fire positions. See the most recent version of this guide for current requirements.

Additional Information for Department of the Interior Agencies
"Red Book" Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations - see Chapter 13 (Training). This publication describes additional training and certification requirements for the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Land Management.

National Fire Training Schedule
A schedule of courses offered at training centers across the country.

Basic Wildland Firefighting Academy
Offered each year by Marin County Fire Department through the College of Marin. Fire Management staff from Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area assist with the field exercises.

Includes:
S-130 Basic Firefighting
S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

Training offered each year at Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate NRA:

Annual Fire Refresher
Work Capacity Test
S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use
S-212 Widland Fire Chainsaws
B-3 Aviation Safety

Previously offered at Golden Gate National Recreation Area:

L-280 Followership to Leadership
L-380 Fireline Leadership (PWR)
L-381 Incident Leadership (PWR)
S-271 Helicopter Crewmember
I-200 Basic ICS
I-300 Intermediate ICS
Driver / Operator Course
Module Leaders Workshop (PWR)
Crew Boss Academy (PWR)
Structural Fire Engine Academy (NIFC)

Previously offered at Point Reyes National Seashore:

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (MCFD/NWS)

Acronyms used:

PWR - Pacific West Regional Office, NPS
NIFC - National Interagency Fire Center
MCFD - Marin County Fire Department
NWS - National Weather Service
ICS - Incident Command System

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