Wildfire Crew Member Training Program

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 BC wildland fire crew member.

 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.