Wildland Fire

About the Program

The Wildland Fire Certification Program's initiative is to prepare Tacoma's students for a succeeding future as a Type 2 Wildland Firefighter at the standard set by National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). 

The Wildland Fire Certification Program serves to prepare high school students for the career pathway in the industry of wildland fire suppression. This program consists of 4 basic Firefighter courses required by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and provides training and information required by NWCG for agencies subscribing to the National Interagency Management System (NIMS).

This 75-hour instruction provides the basic training and information necessary to become qualified as a Type 2 Wildland Firefighter. Students who successfully complete the coursework and pass the physical fitness test get their documentation required to get their "red card" certification to work on forest fires upon employment. The coursework will provide knowledge and theory behind basic firefighting skills of the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) organization, terminology, and common responsibilities; and includes standard firefighting orders, watch-out situations, human factors on the fire line, suppression tactics, incident response, basic fire behavior, emergency situations, risk management, and fire weather.  


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Preferred Age

Juniors and Seniors


April (7th, 8th, 9th, 18th), May (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th) and June (6th) from 8:00-4:00. May 9th and June 6th are field days at the Tree Farm from 7:00-5:00)


Mt. Tahoma High School, room 811 with field days at the Lincoln Tree Farm  - ORCA cards are available at no-cost for students to access Pierce Transit to and from the host high school. School district transportation is utilized for transporting students to off-campus learning activities and return to the host high school.


  • Incident Qualification Card (Red Card) (officially issued once employed)
  • S-212: Wildland Fire Chainsaws 
  • S-130: Firefighter Training
  • S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fires
  • I-100: Intro to the Incident Command System
  • .5 High School Vocational Credit


Ben Meersman, Program Support



Jeff Klancke, CTE Facilitator