Wildland Fire Management Workshops

Registration is Open for All Workshops

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Ball State University will host two workshops in wildland fire management: Basic Wildland Fire Management and Prescribed Fire for Managers. These workshops are offered every other year through Ball State’s Field Station and Environmental Education Center. The Basic Wildland Fire Management workshop is the prerequisite for the Prescribed Fire for Managers workshop. These workshops are taught by National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certified instructors, including professional wildland firefighters and Indiana DNR Division of Forestry staff.

Ball State students can enroll in the combined course for 3 credit hours. Contact John Taylor for permission to enroll. 

Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (S130/S190, FEMA IS100/IS700) and Work Capacity Test for Red-Card Certification

Training Rationale: This one-day workshop is designed for those interested in becoming qualified as a Type 2 Wildland Firefighter (FFT2) under the National Interagency Management System (NIMS). Online training modules include National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) S130, S190, L180 and Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) IS100 and IS700. Students who successfully complete the coursework and pass a rigorous physical fitness test (Work Capacity Test or “Pack Test”) earn NWCG "Red Card" certification, which qualifies them to work on forest fires at the national level and to participate on prescribed fires for agencies and contractors requiring "Red Card" certification.

Training Description: Online training modules and computer self-study (approx. 32 hours) provides fundamental knowledge on wildland fire behavior, firefighting safety, and organizational control. The mandatory one-day field exercises (approx. 8 hours) provide hands-on practical experience for the entry-level wildland firefighter. Academic credit for Ball State students by permission (contact John Taylor).  

Prerequisites: Participants must be 18 years old by February 18, 2023. Online module completion certificates must be received by February 12, 2023 to participate.
Date: February 18, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Located at Cooper Farm, part of the Ball State University Field Station and Environmental Education Center in Muncie, Indiana.

Register for the Basic Wildland Firefighter Training Workshop

Contact: John Taylor (jetaylor@bsu.edu)
Cost: See workshop fee schedule below

Prescribed Fire for Managers (RX100)

Training Rationale: This workshop provides training and experience for those seeking to become prescribed fire practitioners. It is designed for wildlife biologists, wetland managers, restoration professionals, landscape architects, foresters, natural resource managers and anyone interested in utilizing prescribed fire as a land management tool. Information on state laws, permitting process and writing burn plans is included.

Training Description: This two-day workshop focuses on planning and conducting low complexity controlled burns primarily in grassland vegetation. Weather permitting, this workshop will include conducting a prescribed fire on a nearby prairie.   

PrerequisitesBasic Wildland Firefighter Training (FFT2) certificate; participants must be 18 or older.

Date: March 18-19, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Located at Cooper Farm, part of the Ball State University Field Station and Environmental Education Center in Muncie, Indiana.

Register for the Prescribed Fire for Managers Workshop

Contact: John Taylor (jetaylor@bsu.edu)













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