The Wildland Firefighter

Wildland firefighters are tasked with combating wildfires and preventing future fires from starting. While some wildland firefighters work year-round and some work only during the fire season, the work is always strenuous and positions are always highly competitive.


Becoming a Wildland Firefighter


The first step to becoming a wildland firefighter is to locate a sponsor so you may obtain basic training. Possible sources include local fire departments, fire protection districts, or counties. State and federal agencies may provide wildland firefighting opportunities, but seldom hire or train individuals with no prior experience.

Training and qualifications courses from NWCG like S-130, S-190, I-100, IS-700, ect. are the standards that DFPC hold their firefighters to. 


Next, you must earn your “Red Card” or Interagency Incident Qualification Card by completing the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Basic Firefighter course (S-130) and the Introduction to Fire Behavior course (S-190). In addition to classroom, field training, and RT-130 in out years, you must also pass an Ardurous Work Capacity Test to become an employee or authorized volunteer. 

  Once you have received your Red Card, your sponsoring agency may list you as an available resource with the agency or fire department. This means you may be dispatched to wildfires as they occur and as the department or agency needs your assistance. You also may continue as a volunteer or on-call firefighter while maintaining another job, or you may decide to compete for a full-time position. 

Please visit the National Wildfire Coordinating Group website for more information about becoming a firefighter.


DFPC Firefighters will, also, be trained in other areas beside wildfire like structural firefighting, EMS, search and rescue and more!


Colorado Firecamp | Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy 

Bureau of Land Management Fire Training | Fire Leadership 

Incident Operations Standard Working Team | Incident Qualifications & Certification System (IQCS) 

National Wildland Fire Training | National Wildfire Coordinating Group – Training Working Team 

National Interagency Fire Center – Training and Qualifications | Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center – Links to Training Websites

 Wildland Fire Safety Annual Refresher Training