Workforce Development

Firefighter working

The most valuable asset of any wildland fire program is its professional staff. The highest priority in any fire operation is the safety of firefighters and visitors. However a successful fire management incorporates more than just firefighters on the line. In additional to skilled firefighters it also includes talented managers, scientists, planners, IT professionals, administrative staff, communication specialists and others. All work together to deliver the safest, most effective fire management actions possible.

Developing, training and retaining professional staff takes considerable forethought and effort. Learn more about qualifications and development opportunities for wildland fire practitioners with the information below.


Nomination Process

Incident Qualifications

Professional Reading List

NPS Wildland Fire Workforce Development Grant Program (internal use only)