Wildfire Crew Member Training Program

Wildfire Crew Member training courses are designed to provide the fundamental theory and practical skills necessary to fulfill the job requirements of a wildland firefighter. The training encompasses industry certifications required in British Columbia and Alberta when entering the firefighting sector. Training is comprehensive and includes basic fire suppression, fire entrapment avoidance, pump operations, incident command systems, first aid, power saw training. In addition, instruction includes VHF Radio Operator training preparing students for the Industry Canada Radio Operator Certificate exam. A fitness inventory and training plan will be developed for each student to help improve all levels of physical fitness.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: April (PA), May (CR)
Length: Four weeks
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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

  • WFO-030 Wildfire Crew Member
  • FAC-021 Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR Level C
  • OFA-015 Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement
  • OFA-001 WHMIS 2015
  • MVO-069 Transportation of Dangerous Goods - Comprehensive
  • FOR-012 Basic S100 Fire Suppression & Safety
  • WFO-023 Power Saw Certification
  • WFO-019 Intro to Incident Command System
  • WFO-020 Wildlife Awareness
  • WFO-027 Portable Pumps and Water Delivery
  • WFO-015 Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance
  • WFO-016 Fire Communications
  • ROC-010 Restricted Operator Certificate - Aeronautical (ROC-A)
  • WFO-018 Helicopter Orientation and Safety

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.

How to Apply

Register by mail or in person:

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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.

During this four-week intensive program, you will complete the following modules:

  • Wildfire Crew Member (Firetack)
  • Radio Operator Certificate (ROC-A)
  • Introduction to Incident Command
  • WHMIS 
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods 


Industry Certification

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

  • British Columbia certificates for:
    • S100 Basic Fire Suppression
    • S170 Helicopter Safety
    • S185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance
    • S190 Intro to Fire Behaviour
    • S212 Fire Communications
    • S213 Heavy Equipment
    • S232 Portable Pumps and Water Use
    • S242 Air Tankers Wildlife Awareness
  • Industry Canada Radio Operator certificate (ROC-A)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Ground and Air
  • ICS Certification (Incident Command)
  • Alberta Wildfire Crew Member (Firetack) certificate
  • Power Saw (Enform certification)



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