Wildfire Crew Member Training

Prepare for employment as a wildland firefighter. You will develop essential theory and practical skills in wildfire preparedness and operations, along with BC Forest Service certifications in fire suppression and entrapment avoidance. As a graduate, you will have the skills, knowledge and certifications required for entry-level employment as a wildland fire crew member in BC.

This training is free for qualified applicants. Click Request Information to determine your Funding eligibility for the Port Alberni program.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Starts: Winter (February)
Location: Port Alberni, Port Hardy
Length: Four weeks
Delivery: Blended (online and in-person)

It’s a good job for people who enjoy the adrenaline rush, for those who like to travel and who enjoy working as part of a team. It’s the kind of work that if you like it, you’ll love it.

Henry Grierson, wildfire crew training instructor

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Wildfire Crew Member Training Program

  • FOR 012 Basic Fire Suppression (S100)
  • WFO 018 Helicopter Orientation & Safety
  • WFO 015 Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance (S185)
  • WFO 022 Introduction to Fire Behaviour
  • WFO 027 Portable Pumps & Water Delivery Systems
  • WFO 016 Fireline Communications
  • WFO 021 Heavy Equipment
  • WFO 025 Air Tanker Operations
  • ROC 010 Radio Operator Certificate - Aeronautical (ROC-A)
  • MVO 069 Transportation of Dangerous Goods – Comprehensive
  • WFO 019 I-100 Introduction to Incident Command
  • OFA 001 or WSF 019 WHIMIS 2015
  • WFO 013 Power Saw Operator
  • OFA 010 or FAC 020 OFA Level 1 Emergency First Aid
  • OFA 015 Transportation Endorsement
  • WFO 024 Wildland Fire Environment
  • WFO 026 Ignition Operations
  • WFO 020 Wildlife Awareness
  • CJR 010 Career & Job Readiness

Completion Requirements

You must complete all courses in the program with a passing grade.

Admission Requirements

Like all firefighters, applicants for the program must be physically fit and willing to participate in a structured fitness plan.

To learn more about this funded program, click "Request Information" at the top of the page.

Call 250-923-9728 in Campbell River or 250-724-8705 in Port Alberni if you have any questions.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

The Wildfire Crew Member Training program is designed to give you the introductory theory and practical skills needed to become a wildland firefighter.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive the following industry certifications:

  • British Columbia certificates for:
    • FOR 012 Basic Fire Suppression (S100)
    • WFO 018 Helicopter Orientation & Safety
    • WFO 015 Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance (S185)
    • WFO 022 Introduction to Fire Behaviour
    • WFO 027 Portable Pumps & Water Delivery Systems
    • WFO 016 Fireline Communications
    • WFO 021 Heavy Equipment
    • WFO 025 Air Tanker Operations
    • ROC 010 Radio Operator Certificate - Aeronautical (ROC-A)
    • MVO 069 Transportation of Dangerous Goods – Comprehensive
    • WFO 019 I-100 Introduction to Incident Command
    • OFA 001 or WSF 019 WHIMIS 2015
    • WFO 013 Power Saw Operator
    • OFA 010 or FAC 020 OFA Level 1 Emergency First Aid
    • OFA 015 Transportation Endorsement
    • WFO 024 Wildland Fire Environment
    • WFO 026 Ignition Operations
    • WFO 020 Wildlife Awareness
    • CJR 010 Career & Job Readiness
  • Industry Canada Radio Operator certificate (ROC-A)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Ground and Air
  • ICS Certification (Incident Command)
  • Power Saw
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR Level C

 

Schedule

The program is delivered over four consecutive weeks and is comprised of instructor-led theory and practical application. Unless otherwise indicated, classes run five days a week, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.