Training the Next Generation of Wildland Firefighters

Published: April 25, 2023

College of Western Idaho's (CWI) annual Wildland Fire Academy is returning to give students and the next generation of firefighters a great training experience! More than 200 students will take over the Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB) May 22 – 26 to train and learn skills needed for a career in wildland firefighting.

The academy provides specialized training for both grass and timber wildfires with an emphasis on safety procedures including both classroom and live fire training. 

Firefighters will learn how to run firefighting equipment such as chainsaws, wildland fire engines, water pumps, and other mechanized tools. They also learn how to read the weather and record it, efficiently dig fire lines, safely cut down trees, conduct safety briefings and drills, and a wealth of other useful skills.

CWI is proud to partner with Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, and Idaho Department of Lands to bring students the annual Wildland Fire Academy.

For those with questions or in need of more information about CWI'S Wildland Fire Academy, visit the program page or contact Workforce Development at

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