Wildland Fire

Now accepting applications for summer programs

Apply by May 17 to meet the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline may still be considered if there is space available. 

Important things to know before applying:

  • Students must be logged in to their district account to submit an application
  • Applications take 15-20 minutes to complete
  • Students will be asked to provide contact information for themselves and a parent/guardian
  • Programs have age requirements, please review details before applying

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The Wildland Fire Certification prepares high school students for a career pathway in the wildland fire suppression industry as Type 2 Wildland Firefighters. 

Student operating a chainsaw to fight wildland fires

The program consists of four 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 complete the coursework and pass the physical fitness test earn the qualifications to obtain their "red card," which is required to work on forest fires (an actual red card is issued by the first hiring agency).

The coursework will provide knowledge and theory behind basic firefighting skills of the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) organization, terminology and common responsibilities. It 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.

Summer 2024 Program Details

  • Application deadline: May 17 is the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be considered if there is space.
  • Program dates: June 24 - July 18 (M-Th, no class July 3- 4)
  • Meeting location: Hunt Middle School
  • Notification of selected applicants: June
  • Approximate hours to complete: 120
  • Certification(s) offered: Wildland Pumps (S-211); Wildland chainsaws (S-212); FEMA100 & 700; RedCard (Firefighter Training S-130, S-190, L-180, arduous pack test); Financial Literacy through EverFi
  • Completion stipend: $500 (upon successful completion of all program components)
  • Credits toward graduation: 0.5 CTE Credits
  • Total spots available: 20
  • Special considerations for this program: Must be at least 17 years old to receive certifications. Younger students may apply but are not eligible to earn certifications.
  • For additional information, please contact Jeff Klancke: jklanck@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Wildland Fire Fighter Careers by the Numbers

  • Average Salary (as of Mar. 2024): $53,208 source
  • Required Education: high school or equivalent; certification class/exam; on-the-job training
  • Job Outlook: estimated 1% growth per year over the next 10 years source 
  • Current Job Postings: indeed
  • What it's like to be a Wildland Fire Fighter: Fire Crew