Prescribed Fire Training Center
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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 - 12 days of hands-on burning in complex situations 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 pf field experience, along with the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies, offers and 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.

What students can expect to get from the session

  • Discussions perspectives from working in a male dominated world (e.g. challenging supervisors, barriers to long-term fire roles, family/life choices, experiences of working alongside men for positions in leadership).
  • Establish a network of women committed to pursuing long-term careers in wildland fire management.
  • Find mentors who are invaluable for career progression.
  • Compare thoughts with counterparts facing similar struggles, and those who are successfully working in fire-related careers.
  • Gain practical leadership experience as RXBB, FIRB, ENGB & FFT1. 
  • Enhance strengths and improve upon weaknesses.
  • Improve self-confidence.
  • Interact one-on-one with experienced prescribed fire practitioners from across the country to gain a better understanding of fire regimes, condition classes, ignition techniques, smoke management, and fire effects.
  • Gain an understanding of prescribed fire as an essential tool in land management while implementing key elements of a successful fuels program in wildland and urban landscapes.
  • Enhance prescribed fire knowledge and skills through practical, experiential learning for a myriad of ecological objectives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform as a trainee, safely and effectively, in prescribed fire related positions on multiple burn assignments that are designed to help facilitate completion of NWCG position task books.
  • Perform in leadership roles that will benefit home unit's fire program.
  • Plan and implement prescribed burns for various agencies, including federal, state, local, tribal and non-governmental organizations, that may have different methodologies, objectives, and operational capabilities.
  • Experience fire monitoring elements through hands-on application to assess the effectiveness of fire treatments in meeting objectives.
  • Share experiences and backgrounds with other participants from different agencies, geographical areas, and countries to build a network of contact.

Dates and Schedule

  • January Session: January 8th-27th, 2023
  • February Session: February 5th-24th, 2023
  • March Session: March 12th-31st, 2023

The schedule consists of an oreintation with presentations covering safety in the Southeast, ignition techniques, fire research, and lessons learned, followed by field trips covering fire planning and implementation, fuels, research and ecology, and wildlife and fire. Burning will occur at at cooperator sites located within the Southeast. Federal, state, and private cooperators may be visited during this timeframe. On the last day, participants will closeout with NIPFTC cadre.

The session includes interaction with active federal and state prescribed fire programs. The selected session start/end point will be Tallahassee, Florida. During the session participants and cadre will move within the geographic region to take advantage of burning windows and programs. This will necessitate changing lodging multiple times during the session.

Cost and Requirements

There is no tuition. All costs for travel, per diem, salary, and overtime will be the responsibility of the sending unit. NIPFTC will provide transportation during the session.

All participants must have watched the video "Using Your Fire Shelter" (NFES-1568). Participants must also arrive with appropriate PPE.

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2023 sessions is October 15, 2022.

The FLFW application is the same as for anyone applying to attend one of NIPFTC’s 20-day sessions with the addition of a KSA question for those interested in attending one of these three modules. Please take time to give thoughtful consideration towards this question and your answer.

Applications will be going through the Wildland Fire Learning Portal. Click on the following: FLFW Application it will direct you.

If you have an account, login and you will be directed to the “Enrollment Options” screen, click on “Enroll Me” and you will automatically be directed to the application. 

If you don’t have an account, follow the directions for creating one on the Learning Portal Site.  Once you receive notification you have an account, come back to this announcement, and follow the above directions.

Quotes from the Participants


“Your participation in this training has shown marked improvement in how you interpret your experiences in the agency. The exposure to this program has helped you gain confidence in your ability as a Regional Fire Coordinator and an understanding of operating in the day-to-day environment. Additionally, the exposure to peers who have experienced the same challenges you have, and the understanding of those challenges has given you tools and skills in interactions with others. I hope that other female employees within our agency benefit from your exposure to this program and have an opportunity to attend.”

“FLFW has given me the opportunity to perform my duties on my comfort level but also gave me confidence in my abilities by encouraging me beyond my comfort level.”

“I felt more comfortable in this type of setting with my peers to perform in some of those difficult training positions and felt supported and less judged.”

“Seeing a group of women work together reinforced for me the differences in men’s and women’s communication styles in a general sense, and the need for women to be able to find a middle ground when trying to bridge that gap between who they are as individuals and who they need to be as leaders in a male dominated industry.”

“Before starting my session with PFTC I didn't think that I wanted to pursue some of the higher qualifications as a wildland firefighter.  I had my mind set that I would be a FFT1 and be happy with that.  However, after the three weeks of being around these awesome highly qualified women, now I want more for my career with fire. 
My new goal it to become qualified as a firing boss.  I didn't expect to feel that way when I started this program.”

“This has inspired me to keep pursuing fire as a career – to know that I have a solid support network of women that I can rely on makes the journey easier and more tangible.  It is an amazing feeling to finally know I am not alone.”

“It influenced my ability to learn.  I was able to focus on obtaining skills and knowledge rather than managing social approval.” 

For Additional Information Contact


Jen Rabuck – Program Specialist:  Safety and Risk, NIMO                                                                                                                                                                                      Email:  jennifer.rabuck@usda.gov                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cell:  715.661.0579

Deb Flowers – Zone Fuels AFMO – Caribou-Targhee NF, Teton Basin RD
 Email: deborah.flowers@usda.gov
 Office:  208.354.6630

Cheryl Bright – Fire Planner – BIA, NIFC
 Email:  cheryl.bright@bia.gov
 Office:  208-387-5174