Wildland Fire Academy

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The College of Western Idaho is proud to partner with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) to bring you the annual Wildland Fire Academy. 

Wildland firefighting is a very diverse profession and provides a wide array of job experience. Firefighters 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 line, safely cut down trees, operate various firefighting equipment, conduct safety briefings and drills, and a wealth of other useful skills.

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Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho that are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in the topics they teach.

Why This Program

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

In one week, you will be offered classes utilizing the National Wildfire Coordinating Group curriculum. During this time you will have the opportunity to take lower and upper division classes.

Basic Fire School is a five day course designed for entry-level students.

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News and Blogs

Wildland firefighting students working together

College of Western Idaho's annual Wildland Fire Academy is returning to give students and the next generation of firefighters a great training experience!

Wildland fire recruits training outside the Nampa Campus Academic Building

Forty wildland fire recruits spent the week of May 23 at College of Western Idaho training and learning new skills to battle fires this summer.

Wildland fire recruits inspect a fire engine on May 26 at CWI.

Firefighting recruits spent a week at the end of May training at CWI to battle wildfires this summer.

Fire School

Under a cloudless sky, rookie wildland firefighters feverishly dug a fire line as a wall of flames approached.

The flames were fictitious, created with long lines of red spray paint in a field north of the Nampa Campus Academic Building at the College of Western Idaho (CWI). The exercise...