Curriculum

Guide to sandbox training

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A sandbox can be used as a teaching tool for prescribed burning education. Often learning is best achieved when participants can visually work out a procedure rather than simply discussing it.

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Prescribed rangeland burning education

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The course is divided into seven educational sections with a wrap-up section at the end. Each section includes reading materials, activities, and videos. You can complete the sections in any order. Upon successful completion of all sections and passing the comprehensive quiz at the end, you will receive a certificate for the Prescribed Rangeland Burning course. You will also be ready to attend a hands-on burning workshop.

Basic Prescribed Fire Training is an online course for landowners, land managers, state/federal agency personnel. In this course participants will develop a basic knowledge of the use, application and effects of prescribed fire.

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Arkansas River Valley Wildland Fire Academy

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The Arkansas River Valley Wildland Fire Academy operates at Arkansas Tech University. With an average attendance of over 300 students, the academy strives to meet the diverse needs of all firefighters by providing a well-rounded, safe and welcoming learning environment. Our mission is to enhance the abilities and skills of each firefighter in attendance.

This year the academy is offering courses for wildland firefighters from all wildland fire agencies ranging from 4 to 40 hours in length. Each course is taught by instructors from state and federal agencies, allowing the academy to provide unique experiences as well as a wealth of professional knowledge and abilities to each course.

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National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center

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The Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) is a unique program blending maximum field prescribed burning experience with a flexible curriculum of classroom instruction on foundational topics for prescribed fire practitioners. Participants will have the opportunity to complete portions of their National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) approved prescribed fire task books under the guidance of invited training specialists.

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Midwest Wildfire Training Academy

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The Midwest Wildfire Training Academy (MWTA) is held in Jefferson City, Missouri each June. Emergency responders and wildland firefighters can focus on developing the practical skills training they need in their professions.

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Training for monitoring software

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Monitoring your management treatments, including fire, is important.  Monitoring helps you to understand if your treatments have allowed you to reach your goals.  Unfortunately, monitoring is often a low priority in the fire world. Fire effects monitoring can be as simple as photopoints (taking pictures from a fixed location at key times and comparing them to see your progress).  NRCS and other extension organizations have guidelines for landowners that have easy to use methods lined out such as step point counts or biomass rulers.  Folks working with agencies or organizations might opt to develop a more rigorous type of monitoring plan that includes species composition measurements.  This type of monitoring requires the use of a database for storing and analyzing data.

FFI (Feat FireMon Integrated) is a free database system designed specifically for fire effects monitoring. The database is built on the monitoring protocols for the National Park Service and Forest Service, but has some flexibility.  It stores vegetation data as well as fuels data, fire history, fire behavior, and much more.  For the spatially adept, FFI can even interface with Arc Map to help you determine sampling locations and frequency.  FFI will store pathways to your monitoring photos as well.

There are training courses around the country if you want to give it a try.  There’s one coming up in the Southern Region: Southern Area Advanced Fire Academy, June 10-13. The class includes two days in the field learning field sampling methods and two days in the classroom learning FFI. You can attend the field, classroom or both sessions. The class is free if you work for an academy “partner”.

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FFI: Ecological Monitoring Utilities >
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Online fire education at the University of Idaho

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The University of Idaho now offers 14 online courses in Fire Ecology and Management, including many graduate courses. Students can complete a Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) with an emphasis in Fire Ecology, entirely online. The MNR program is for designed for working professionals. It is course-based, requiring 30 credits and a professional project.

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