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Wildland Fire Crew
Program Code: 31-058-1

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Technical Diploma: 1 Year, 43 Credits
Appleton Campus

Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

Major duties and responsibilities for a wildland fire crew include care and use of equipment, wildland fire suppression, mop-up, prescribed fire, operate as a team, line construction, pump tending, hose use, navigation, tools use, and lookouts. Career opportunities include:

  • Hand Crew
  • Engine Crew
  • Holding Crew
  • Rx Crew
  • Burn Crew

Program Description

For students seeking employment on a wildfire suppression engine crew or hand crew and those interested in using prescribed fire as a management tool in wildlife management, forestry or endangered species management. Students may choose to complete the 43-credit technical diploma within a 1½ or 2-year schedule. Admit terms are in August and January.

The Wildland Fire Crew technical diploma courses apply toward the Wildland Firefighter Associate in Applied Science degree offered at FVTC. In addition, both the Natural Resources Technician and the Fire Protection Technician AAS program graduates may choose this technical diploma to supplement their degrees and increase their employability.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Program Offered at This Location
  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

  • Program Outcomes
    • Demonstrate a level of fitness, personal health, professional appearance and behavior required to perform the duties of a 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 using prescribed fire to achieve specific management objectives including ecological effects.

    Contact Us

    For additional information, call Rick Buser at (920) 225-5902 or e-mail

    For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

    Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
    If you have questions, contact your advisor.

    2014-15 Educational Program