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Wildfire Crew Member Training Program

four-week training & certification for wildland firefighting in BC and Alberta

Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: February 2018 Port Alberni
  • Prepare now for summer employment as a wildland firefighter.
  • Develop essential knowledge in wildfire preparedness and operations.
  • Includes Alberta Firetack certification and BC Forest Service certifications in fire suppression and entrapment avoidance.

Career possibilities: As a graduate, you will possess the skills, knowledge, and certification required for entry level employment as a crew member on a wildland fire crew in BC and Alberta.


  • Great instructors. Experienced, certified instructors work closely with industry to ensure that NIC’s curriculum is relevant, current and comprehensive.
  • Practical experience. Courses are developed to give you the applied experience and confidence you need to be ready for your first day
    on the job.
  • Double the opportunity. Our program provides certification for firefighting in both BC and Alberta, qualifying you for a wide range of employment opportunities.


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 two-week intensive program, you will complete the following modules:

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

Additional sessions of the Enform Power Saw certification and required first aid courses are available on campus for those that need to acquire certification or re-certify to meet employment requirements.

Industry Certification

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

  • British Columbia certificates for:
    • S100 Basic Fire Suppression
    • S185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance
    • S232 Portable Pumps and Water Use
    • S212 Fire Communications
  • Industry Canada Radio Operator certificate (ROC-A)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Ground and Air
  • ICS Certification (Incident Command)
  • Alberta Wildfire Crew Member (Firetack) certificate


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You are required to come equipped with:

  • hard hat
  • CSA approved safety boots or caulk boots
  • hearing protection
  • eye protection
  • gloves
  • rain gear, if required


The program is delivered over two 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.

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:

Learn more about our Registration and Refund policies.

Wildfire Crew Member Training Program

  • WFO-030 Wildfire Crew Member
  • FAC-021 Standard First Aid with CPR Level C
  • OFA-010 Occupational First Aid
  • OFA-015 Transportation Endorsement
  • WSF-019 WHMIS Online
  • MVO-069 Transportation of Dangerous Goods - Ground and Air
  • WFO-023 Power Saw
  • WFO-019 Introduction to Incident Command
  • GAS-010 H2S Alive
  • CTQ-010 Construction Safety Training Systems Online
  • FOR-012 Fire Suppression
  • WFO-015 Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance
  • WFO-016 Fire Communications
  • WFO-017 Introduction to Pumps and Water Delivery Systems
  • ROC-010 Restricted Operator Certificate - Aeronautical (ROC-A)

Completion Requirements

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

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