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Northern California Wildland Fire Academy

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Wildland Fire Academy

The Northern California Wildland Firefighter Academy trains cadets that are interested in a career in the Wildland Fire Service. Our Alumni are working all across the United States with private, local, state and federal fire agencies such as the US Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), Fish and Wildlife Service, State or Local Government and  and Wildland Fire Contractors..


The Wildland Fire Academy is a 15 day program in which students receive training on:

  • Basic Wildland Fire Orientation (S-110)
  • Basic Wildand Fire Fighter Training (S-130)
  • LCES: Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (S-134)
  • Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190)
  • Portable Pumps and Water Use (S-211)
  • Wildland Chainsaws (S-212)
  • Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180)  


Dates:    April 15 - April  29 2018

Location: 11309 Sheep Ranch Road Sheep Ranch, Ca 95245

Cost:      $500.00 per student.



The academy consists of classroom lectures, physical fitness training and hands-on skills. It is conducted in an academy atmosphere with students wearing uniforms and dividing up into squads with student squad bosses. Students in the academy learn how to cut fireline, perform progressive hose lays and mobile attack with an engine, roll up hose, utilize firing devices and deploy emergency fire shelters. There are time tests for many of the skills and certifications. Physical fitness training also includes practice for a physical ability test in which students wear 45 pound vests while walking three miles in 45 minutes or less. The students train outside around the academy grounds as well as off-campus in rural areas for realistic exercises in brush areas.

The Basic Wildland Academy course content includes requirements from the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group certifications: S-130 Wildland Firefighter Training; S-190 Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior; L-180 Human Factors on the Fire Line. Also included are NIMS 700 and 800; and  ICS 100 Intro to Incident Command System.

Throughout the academy representatives from various agencies visit to evaluate academy recruits for potential career and seasonal firefighter positions. Students receive substantial guidance on job seeking and the hiring process. Those interested in employment start the application process immediately for seasonal, emergency on-call and apprentice wildland firefighter jobs including engine, hotshot and helitack crews.


Pre-Course Assignments

Students are required to complete the following online pre-course assignments prior to the first day of the course.  The pre-course work is intended to allow the academy more hands on training so please make sure your fully understand its contents as you will be tested.

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy: A refund of 50% will be given if a refund is requested more that 14 days before the first day of the class.   If a refund is requested within 14 calendar days before the first day of the class, the student may be given credit for a future course, but not a refund. No refunds will be provided if the student does not attend the class, or if they begin the class but do not complete the class.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Golden State Fire Support Inc. is to protect lives, property and resources by the suppression and prevention of wildland fires, managing defensible programs while restoring and maintaining healthy ecosystem, cooperating with fire managers in fire management programs. This is accomplished through collaboration, training, prevention, education and safety.



 richard.carvalho (@) goldenstatefiresupport.com
 4023 Stresa Way El Dorado Hills Ca. 95762

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