Prescribed Fire Training Center
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The Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a unique program blending maximum field prescribed burning experience with a flexible curriculum of classroom instruction on foundational topics for prescribed fire practitioners.

Provides maximum opportunities for federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies and other organizations to build skills and knowledge of prescribed fire, with an emphasis on field experience.

The PFTC is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Training locations are dispersed throughout Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Attendees will travel to several remote sites during their stay to take advantage of prescribed burning and learning opportunities with a variety of agencies, fuel types, and challenges such as urban interface.

The Southeast is an ideal site for the PFTC due to the year round burning programs of several agencies, broad prescription windows, and the high level of interagency cooperation. During their 20-day tour, individuals should expect to participate in prescribed burns conducted for a variety of objectives. The wildland urban interface is a focus of PFTC, and most participants will have opportunities to conduct burns in interface situations. This variety of field experience with the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies offers an accelerated learning opportunity for the participants.


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20-Day Training Opportunity - Mix Module

The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a program designed to give individuals an opportunity to increase their prescribed fire practitioner skills.

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Cooperators

PFTC's cooperators work with our attendees, both the 20-day modules and the Agency Administrator Workshop, to provide valuable learning opportunities.  

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Fire Leadership for Women - 20 Day Training Opportunity

The goal of PFTC is to encourage leadership on the fireline using prescribed fire as a catalyst to bring women together to become strong and assertive leaders.

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Field Coordinator Detail Opportunity

Field Coordinators work with the PFTC modules, offering trainees support and direction.  They serve as PFTC's ambassadors to our cooperators.

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Prescribed Fire Workshop for Agency Administrators

/sites/nafri/public/files/pftc/aa%202022%20workshop.pdfThis Workshop offers a fluid agenda to meet attendee needs, focused on Program Management, Risk Management and Burn Plans.

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PFTC Steering Committee

The Steering Committee has voting reps from BIA, BLM, NPS, USFS, USFWS and the National Association of State Foresters.  Non-voting members include TNC, USFS R8, USFWS SE Region, and the USFS Director of National Training Centers.

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PFTC Staff

The PFTC staff is an interagency collaboration amoung the USFWS, USFS and Tall Timbers.

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Visual Media

Yearly photo galleries, and links to the PFTC Facebook Page, and YouTube channel.