Women in Wildfire Training

Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp


Training Provided

Firefighting Training and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior:

This introductory course is designed to train entry-level firefighters. Participants will be introduced to and gain knowledge of the basic incident management organization, firefighting techniques, suppression equipment, safety, strategy, and tactics along with fire behavior. Field exercises will be performed for valuable hands-on training. Other (training) subject matter will include:

  • Basic Concepts of Wildland Fire
  • Fuel, Topography, and Weather  
  • Fire Behavior
  • Preparedness, Incident Command Systems, and Resources
  • Watch Out and Look Outs, Communication, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (LCES)
  • Potential Hazards and Human Factors on the Fireline
  • Transportation Safety
  • Hand Tools
  • Firing Devices
  • Water Use
  • Suppression, Communication, and Mopup
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Wildland Urban Interface
  • Optional Knowledge Areas
  • Performance Day Requirements
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) - An Introduction to Fire Shelter Training
  • Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) -Online course that must be completed prior to completion of Work Capacity Test

Work Capacity Test

Camp participants will have the opportunity to pass the Agency Work Capacity Test at the “Arduous” level. This involves a 3-mile walk that must be completed wearing a 45-pound weight vest (provided) in less than 45 minutes. Click here to watch a video on how to prepare for the pack test.

Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp

Physical Fitness

The two primary goals of PT for wildland firefighters are optimally performing your job across long shifts and duty cycles, and staying healthy and avoiding injury. Therefore, understanding the Basic Principles of Training may be the most important information we can teach you.  These concepts are the foundations that both science and practical training by successful athletes have documented as effective, safe and to have long term benefits. 

Basic Principles of Training:

  1. Motivation
  2. Overload
  3. Progression
  4. Balance of Hard and Easy Training
  5. Specificity of Training
  6. Individualizing Training
  7. Variability
  8. Maintaining Fitness

Please visit The Black Performance Enhancement for Wildland Firefighters


Mentoring is a vital part of the Forest Service culture.  It provides candidates with opportunities to broaden their experience, accomplish development goals, and cultivate new skills.  Mentoring is an excellent way to transfer institutional knowledge and convey the agency's values, commitments, and expectations.  It is a special partnership between two people based on commitment to the mentoring process, common goals and expectations, focus, mutual trust and respect.

Both the mentor and the candidate give and grow in the mentoring relationship. Each candidate can learn valuable knowledge from the mentor’s expertise and past mistakes. You can increase your competencies in specific areas. You can establish valuable connections with higher level employees.

Here are just a few additional benefits you might consider:

  • Having a caring ear to hear your triumphs as well as your frustrations
  • Developing your skills as a planner, getting new ways to acquire new skills
  • Developing your skills as a communicator, improving your ability to express your expectations, goals, and concerns.
  • Learning what it is like to be in a higher-level position
  • Getting an advocate within the organization
  • Receiving knowledge about the “ins and outs” of the organization
  • Getting honest feedback

Together, this relationship can give our candidates a competitive edge in employment opportunities and personal growth throughout the training camp.