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Prescribed Fire Workshop for Agency Administrators

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Agency Admninstrators and Line Officers are being tasked to aggressively implement fuels management programs. This consists of gaining additional skills to effffectively manage evolving fuels management plans that may need to meet a variety of objectives.

Participants of the National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center's (NIPFTC) Agency Administrator Workshop will receive hands-on experience in prescribed fire application and will interact with skilled prescribed fire practitioners and successful fuels program managers from across the country. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about policy, planning, and implementation of fire to enhance their programs. Experienced and diverse cadre members alos offer insight to managmement challenges, such as how to restore fire to the landscape and meeting objectives for multiple resources using prescribed fire.

Target Audience

  • Forest Service:  Forest Supervisor/Deputy, District Ranger/Deputy
  • Fish & Wildlife Service:  Project Leaders/Deputy, Refuge Manager/Deputy
  • Bureau of Land Management:  District Manager/Deputy, Field Manager/Deputy
  • National Park Service:  Park Superintendent/Deputy
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs:  National Conservation Land Manager/Deputy

For Forest Service participants, this Workshop meets one of the requirements in FSM 5140 to approve Prescribed Fire Burn Plans. With the advent of the Agency Administrator Task Book, NIPFTC has worked with the National Line Officer Team to identify tasks that are met by this workshop.  Currently there is the opportunity to accomplish up to 12 tasks. 

For Fish and Wildlife Service participants, this Workshop meets Interagency Fire Management Leadership course requirements necessary to develop and maintain a Fire Management Plan, and to approve burn plans.

Workshop Objectives

  • Become familiar with interagency fuels management direction, policy and planning
  • Understand and implement key elements of successful fuels programs in the wildland urban interface and landscapes
  • Interact with successful program managers and practitioners and build a network of contacts for the future
  • Better understanding of risk management, liability, and burn complexity as it pertains to agency administrators
  • Increase knowledge of policy, burn plans, smoke management, and the decision making process with a highly qualified cadre
  • Enhance prescribed fire skills through practical experience burning with a variety of cooperators
  • Experience fire monitoring elements through hands-on application in order to assess effectiveness of fire treatments in meeting objectives

Dates and Schedule

  • Fall Workshop: November 3rd-8th, 2022
  • Spring Workshop: March 2nd-7th, 2023

The workshop begins at 0800 on Thursday. The attendees will spend the morning in orientation with short briefings on safety, equipment, and southeastern fuels.  There will be various presentations, discussions, breakout groups, and activities throughout the workshop. Field trips/burning will be at potential cooperator sites located within the area chosen for the workshop.  Federal, state and private cooperators may be visited during this timeframe.  On the last day, participants will conduct a closeout with the NIPFTC Director.  Participants should plan to travel home the Wednedsday morning following the workshop. NIPFTC will provide all transportation during the workshop.

The workshop includes interaction with active federal and state prescribed fire programs. The selected workshop start/end point will be near a major jetport and determined at ba later date. During the workshop, the participants and cadre may move within a geographic region to take advantage of burning windows and prgrams. This may necessitate changing lodging at least once, if not more, during the workshop.

Cost and Requirements

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

Participants must arrive with the appropriate PPE or let NIPFTC know in advance of any needs.

How to Apply

The application deadline for either workshop is September 10, 2022.

Applications go through the Wildland Fire Learning Portal. Click on one of the following: Prescribed Fire Workshop for Agency Administrators Flyer or Agency Administrator Workshop Application and 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 Wildland Fire Learning Portal site. Once you receive notice that you have an account, come back to this page and follow the above directions.

Quotes from Past Participants

“If there is a secret, executive level list of the best federal courses, this (Workshop) should be on it!
Drew Milroy, Natural Resources Manager, US Air Force, 2004

 

"Absolutely one of the best courses I have ever taken in 22 years with the FS.  The cadre was tremendously experienced and professional.  They also had clearly mastered the techniques of adult education.  The course provided a mix of lecture, discussions, hands-on experience, modeling, and role-playing that could not have been better designed or implemented anywhere.  I had fun and I learned a lot.  The cadre made sure that we met our individual objectives as well as the course objectives, and that everyone got direct hands-on experience."
Jerry Ingersoll, Deputy Forest Supervisor, USFS Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, 2009

 

“The energy the staff put into the training really made it successful.  The constant re-evaluation of progress and the flexibility to shift topics and venues really made the course work”
Tim Pohlman, District Ranger, USFS Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Springs RD, 2010

 

“I think the emphasis on “hands on learning” is exceptional.  My expectations were exceeded.  The coordination of classroom, exercises, and field were outstanding.”
Andrew Archuletta, BLM, San Luis Valley Field Office - Colorado, 2014

 

“It is the best organized, prepared, most professionally-staffed training I have ever attended.”
Doug McKay, District Ranger, USFS Fremont-Winema National Forest, White Rim Zone, 2015

 

“Most beneficial training that I have experienced in my 25 year career.  If put into practice on my home unit, this training and experience could possibly have the largest impact to our resource and National Forest existence.”
Jim Junette, District Ranger, USFS Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland RD, 2016

 

“This is the best training I ever attended.  It connected the work to the resources to the people.  The size and depth of the cadre is what should be the standard for all training.”
Cody Hutchinson, District Ranger, USFS National Forest in North Carolina, Croatan RD, 2017

 

“PFTC exceeded my expectations.  The experiential aspects of the course provide a learning experience that can otherwise only be attained through months, years, and lessons learned the hard way.”
Rebekah Martin, USFWS, North Carolina Coastal Plain Refuge Complex, 2017

 

“The variety of topics, activities, and different methods to teach this class kept us engaged.  The diversity of cadre and their depth of experience added tremendous value.”
Trina Staloch, USFWS, Litchfield Wetland Management District, 2018

 

“The Agency Administrators Workshop conducted by the Prescribed Fire Training Center is a must for any Agency Administrator, regardless of level of experience.  Although I have a background in prescribed fire, through taking the class I realized how much more I still have to learn.  The class does a great job of combining classroom and field visits to give students a comprehensive learning experience.  Most impressively, the instructors took the time to really understand the needs of the students and actually changed the agenda to address pressing concerns (I've never been in a class that did that).  Bottom line - this is a class that will help you do your job better!”
Michael Lusk, USFWS, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 2019

For Additonal Information Contact

Greg Seamon, NIPFTC Fire Training Specialist // 850.614.4585 x. 1020 (office) / 850.556.8613 (cell) // gseamon@talltimbers.org

Carolyn Detwiler, NIPFTC Administrative Specialist // 850.614.4585 x. 1030 / (office)/ 850.320.1790 (cell) // carolyn.detwiler@usda.gov