Program Code: 10-058-1
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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 69 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Does protecting life, property and natural resources from wildfires sound like a rewarding career? How about using planned, controlled fire as a natural management tool to restore rare prairie plant communities on which many animals, including endangered species, depend? If so, consider pursuing an associate degree in Wildland Firefighter. Your interest in the outdoors and intense physical activity could lead to a successful career as a forestry fire technician, wildlife technician or endangered resource technician. The Wildland Firefighter degree at FVTC can help you achieve your goals while working beside agency professionals suppressing wildfires and conducting prescribed burns.
This program is designed to equip you with a broad-based wildland fire curriculum. With a solid foundation of general education classes, you will participate in safe and efficient equipment operation training, national wildland fire certification training, live fire experience to work toward qualification, wildland fire history and theory, and logistical complements. Electives allow you to specialize in wildland fire suppression, prescribed fire, and cross-trained structural/wildfire firefighting.
Program/Plan Admission Requirements
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- Demonstrate a level of fitness, personal health, professional appearance and behavior required to perform the duties of the wildland firefighter.
- Demonstrate the ability to function in a highly structured organizational system while adapting to change in a dynamic wildland fire environment.
- Communicate effectively, in both oral and written format, with other employees, supervisors, government officials, interest groups and individual citizens.
- Operate wildland fire and prescribed burn equipment safely and efficiently.
- Complete National Wildfire Coordinating Group certification training to attain qualifications toward Wildland Firefighter Type 1 with an advanced fire behavior understanding.
- Manage/extinguish live wildland fire and prescribed burns as a member of a team with an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each position.
- Analyze the history of wildland fire and its effects on fire suppression in the United States today.
- Articulate benefits of using prescribed fire to achieve specific management objectives including ecological effects.
Helpful High School Courses
- Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive
High school classes that would be helpful in preparation for college study in wildland firefighter include chemistry, math, English, technical writing, and public speaking.
For more information, call Rick Buser at (920) 225-5902 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the department web page at www.fvtc.edu/wildlandfire for more information and pictures.
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