The Nature Conservancy Fire Learning Network (FLN) hosts several Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) in various locations around the U.S. every year. During these 2 to 3 week events, participants gain prescribed fire experience by assisting with large burns designed to meet management objectives of the selected location and participating organizations. Participants are given the opportunity to work on their Position Task Books by taking on various roles throughout the training and are exposed to new people, places, and fire management techniques. For more information, visit the FLN website. You can also check out a list of upcoming TREX events.
March 18 – 29
Tall Timbers Tallahassee, FL
Applications are now open for the 2019 Women-in-Fire Training Exchange (WTREX)! The WTREX will be held at the Tall Timbers Research Station just outside of Tallahassee, Florida, from March 18-29, 2019. We welcome applicants of all genders, nationalities, and levels of fire experience!
March 30 – April 13
- Click here for more information
- Click here to download the application Applications are due by February 15
- View on our calendar
The Nature Conservatory in Texas—Wildfire Scenarios
TNC holds annual wildfire scenarios for Type 5 IC trainees and Type 6 and 7 engine crews. Held during the winter months, all scenarios are conducted in burn units prepped with black line perimeters for safety. A simulated wildfire is then set and trainees respond to a “dispatch” call, establish command, develop and implement suppression tactics, and coordinate incoming resources. Other scenarios simulate multiple spot fires that engine crews must quickly suppress with pump and roll tactics. These scenarios provide Type 5 IC and Engine Boss trainees hands-on wildfire response experience in a controlled environment to improve initial attack and command skills in the fast-moving tall grass fuels typical of the coastal plains near Victoria.
For more information contact John DeLeon
Doane University Training Burns
Burns are conducted with private land owners and managers in the Crete / Lincoln, NE areas with the goal of providing training to landowners, volunteers and students who want to increase their experience with prescribed fire, especially so that they can burn their own land or assist others. Lead Brad Elder acts as an advisor and line boss while the landowner or manager serves as burn boss. Most crew members are retirees or students (mainly from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Doane University) with little or no fire experience; a special emphasis is placed on providing hands-on training for these individuals during a burn operation. NWCG training courses are not required to participate in these trainings, so they provide a straightforward means for private landowners and students to gain experience.
For more information contact Brad Elder
The Nature Conservancy in Missouri—Student Burn Crew Member Volunteers
In a 2016 pilot, two groups of students from the Colorado State University and Missouri State University SAFE chapters were able to integrate into TNC burn crews and gain hands-on experience with burn unit prep and prescribed fire implementation; burn projects included a first-entry burn in a glade and oak/shortleaf pine woodland and other oak/shortleaf burns with partners. The Missouri Program was able to welcome about six students at a time to work with their seasonal burn crews, and plans to host participants again this spring.
For more information contact Tom Fielden
In addition, other organizations host training exchanges throughout the year. While there is not a central website to learn about these events, we will list any that are in or near our region on the SFE Calendar and Upcoming Workshops webpage.