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The Delaware Forest Service is always looking for motivated recruits to enroll in wildfire training classes. There is no cost for training and no previous experience necessary. 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.
Completion of all classes is required for prospective wildland firefighters to achieve “red card” certification from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) This year, all of the prerequisite training classes for rookie firefighters will be completed online. Courses are listed below, with links to NWCG and FEMA websites.*
* You may need to set up a FEMA ID if you have not previously registered.
Delaware Forest Service
2320 S. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Prerequisite Courses *
* Students must also pass two FEMA prerequisite courses and send printed completed course completion certification certificates to the address above. These can be completed online at FEMA website.
Students who complete the entire set of courses will be eligible to attend “Fire Camp,” a one-day hands-on seminar featuring a “live-burn” fire simulation. Exact date TBD.
Firefighters attending “Fire Camp” are expected to complete the online registration form before attending.
Students must also complete an arduous “work capacity” or “pack test” – carrying a 45-pound pack over a three-mile course in 45 minutes or less – to receive their NWCG “red card” and participate on out-of-state fire assignments.
For more information, call 302-698-4548
Are 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 only one crew a year, but now can send multiple crews. In 2021, Delaware’s crew battled the Harris Mountain Fire in Montana and sent engine crews to Colorado, California, and Washington State.
Visit the “FAQ” page for answers about the wildfire program:Frequently Asked Questions
Download the Wildland Fire Program Brochure