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 wildlnad 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 withe the different prescriptions, planning procedures, and techniques of the various agencies, offers and accellerated 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.
- Gain practical leadership experience as RXBB, FIRB, ENGB & FFT1.
- Enhance strengths and improve upon weaknesses.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 715.661.0579
Deb Flowers – Zone Fuels AFMO – Caribou-Targhee NF, Teton Basin RD
Cheryl Bright – Fire Planner – BIA, NIFC