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Quick Facts: National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Wildland Fire Safety Training and 2024 Annual Refresher

Posted: March 28, 2024

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The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) 2023 Year in Review and 2024 Core Component Module Packagesare now available.

Overview: Each year, the NWCG updates its Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR) with a lesson reviewing the previous fire year and an updated package of modules.

  • WFSTAR training is focused on operations and decision-making issues related to fire line safety so that line-going personnel can recognize and mitigate risk, maintain safe and effective practices, and reduce accidents and near misses.

Mandatory training requirement: All designated NWCG positions with fire line duties and any position assigned to the fire line for non-suppression tasks must complete WFSTAR training annually to maintain currency.

Delivery format: The WFSTAR modules must be delivered as instructor-led training.

  • Some modules must be delivered in person; others can be delivered in a virtual instructor-led format.

Local agency responsibility: Local agency units are responsible for scheduling WFSTAR training.

Training modules: All available modules within WFSTAR are listed in the WFSTAR catalog.

  • The modules provide a range of training options to meet NWCG position training requirements and agency-specific course-hours requirements.
  • All modules include lesson plans, instructional videos and supporting resources.
  • WFSTAR is a year-round program. As new training materials are developed, they are posted in NWCG’s training catalog when completed.

This article is based on content in the
March 28, 2024 InfoGram.

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