Wildland Fire Management

CWI does NOT offer the courses in Wildland Fire Management.  This is a unique program where students earn their technical credits or hours through a local agency or department.  We don't have "classes" or a fire school where we offer these courses.  The program is designed for those already in the field to articulate all their certification into college credit once they have completed all the hours necessary for a Wildland Fire Management degree.

Overview

Certification and education is essential for many career fields, especially 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  wildland 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 each spring through the CWI Wildland Fire Academy, which is coordinated with BLM, US Forestry and IDL.

Mission

To help full-time, seasonal, or volunteer firefighters take the next step by formalizing their career potential through our two-year degree program in Wildland Fire Management.

Why This Program

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.

Additional Opportunities

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

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Wildland Fire Management

AAS

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

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.

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