Wildland Fire Management Workshops


Ball State practices controlled burning to maintain and restore biodiversity in Indiana.

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.

Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (S130/S190, L180, I100) 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 S130, S190, L180 and I100.  Students who successfully complete the coursework and pass a rigorous physical fitness test (Work Capacity Test or “Pack Test”) earn National Wildfire Coordinating Group (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 field exercises (approx. 8 hours) provide hands-on practical experience of a wildland firefighter.  This workshop requires one day for field exercises and the Pack Test.  

Prerequisites: Students must have completion certificates from each module of the online courses before they will be allowed to participate in the field exercises.  Participants must be 18 or older.

Date: Saturday or Sunday, February 17 or 18, 2018 (one day, weather-dependent)
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Located at Cooper Farm, part of the Ball State University Field Station and Environmental Education Center in Muncie, Indiana.
Cost: Student = $100.00; Professional = $160.00 (register for both workshops at 15% discount)
Registration: All registrations due February 9, 2018 (class size limited to 50) - Register Online
Contact: John Taylor (jetaylor@bsu.edu)

Prescribed Fire for Managers (RX100)

Training Rationale: This workshop is designed for those interested in utilizing prescribed fire as a land management tool in prairie and grass-dominated landscapes.  Information on 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.  

Prerequisites: Students must have completed Basic Wildland Fire Management training before they will be allowed to participate in the field exercises.  Participants must be 18 or older.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Located at Cooper Farm, part of the Ball State University Field Station and Environmental Education Center in Muncie, Indiana.
Cost: Student = $75.00; Professional = $115.00 (register for both workshops at 15% discount)
Registration: All registrations due February 9, 2018 (class size limited to 24) - Register Online
Contact: John Taylor (jetaylor@bsu.edu