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Program Overview

Certification and education is essential for many career fields, but that fact couldn’t be truer for professionals looking to advance as a wildland firefighter. If you are interested in maximizing your career potential, consider formalizing your wildland fire training with our two-year degree program in Wildland Fire Management.

If you are currently working as a full-time, seasonal, or volunteer firefighter, this degree can utilize your National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses to satisfy the AAS degree requirements.

Specialized, short-term training is also available through College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Business Partnerships/Workforce Development each spring through the Wildland Fire Academy.

What kind of degree(s) can you earn?

What else should you know?

This degree program is designed to appeal to those individuals seeking to formalize their wildland fire training and experience with a two-year degree program in Wildland Fire Management.

Full-time, seasonal, and volunteer firefighters desiring this degree will be able to use their National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses to satisfy the AAS degree requirements.

The Wildland Fire Academy is offered each spring. The academy is offered to federal and state wildland fire fighting agencies, contractors and individuals. Classes offered to firefighters include how to be effective and how to survive in the hazardous wildland fire environment. Classes for veteran firefighters and managers include management techniques and protocol for ground support, air support, incident response and command, and forensics.

For a complete course listing and application information please visit the Southwest Idaho Fire Training website. The goal of these programs is to provide a well-balanced training curriculum, coupled with on the job learning experiences, to promote safety, efficiency, interagency cooperation, and professionalism in the fire service community.

Note: Wildland work is physically demanding-you must attend and pass the pack test the week of the Wildland Fire Academy. The Pack test is an endurance test and consists of wearing a 45-pound back pack and walking 3 miles in 45 minutes. You must sign a waiver of liability form to be able to participate in the pack test.


Degree Plan

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Director, Trades & Technology Programs
Phone: 208.562.2336