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Delaware Wildland Fire Crew

Wildfire Classes

The Delaware Forest Service is always looking for motivated recruits to enroll in wildfire training classes at the Delaware State Fire School, located at 1461 Chestnut Grove Road, Dover. There is no cost for training and no previous experience is necessary. However, candidates must be over 18 years of age, willing to learn, physically fit, and able to travel for at least two weeks at a time, usually in the summer months. Attendance at all classes is required for prospective wildland firefighters to achieve “red-card” certification from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). Students will also complete a “work capacity” or “pack test” by carrying a 45-pound pack over a three-mile course in 45 minutes or less.

Core Classes

  • S-190: Intro to Wildfire Behavior
  • S-130: Firefighter Training

* Students must also pass two prerequisite courses before classes.
These can be completed online (below) at the FEMA website.

  • ICS-100 – Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • IS-700 – An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

Students can register by filling out the online registration form at the Delaware State Fire School website and emailing it to fire.school@delaware.gov.

For more information, call 302-698-4548

Kyle Hoyd

Delaware fire crew in California


Delaware Wildfire CrewAre you interested in participating in an adventure of a lifetime? Would you like to help protect human lives, property and precious natural resources during a national crisis? Do you have the mental fortitude, physical stamina and work flexibility to spend 14 days on a fire line far from home?

Every year, millions of acres of forests, marshes, and grasslands across the United States are ravaged by wildfire. But thanks to a training program sponsored by the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and the Delaware State Fire School, citizens from across the First State can qualify to serve on national fire crews. Since 1996, the Delaware Forest Service has trained more than 600 volunteer firefighters, and now every fire season deploys 20-person crews for out-of-state wildfire assignments.

The program is growing and in need of additional firefighters who are interested in assisting the national effort to control and contain devastating wildfires. Delaware used to send one crew a year, but now can send multiple crews. In 2013, two separate crews fought fires in Alaska, Utah, and Idaho.


Visit the “FAQ” page for answers about the wildfire program:

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have what it takes to join the Wildfire Crew?

Download the Wildland Fire Program Brochure

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must complete required training courses
  • Must pass a work-capacity pack test
  • Be willing to travel for at least two weeks
  • Commitment to serving the public
  • Ability to work well with others

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