Indian Affairs | Fire Training

Fire Training


Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribal fire management programs subscribe to the training requirements developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). These requirements are published in the Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide which is updated as necessary.

After firefighters and fire managers complete training courses, gain qualifications, and perform on wildfires and prescribed burns, this information is stored in what is known as the Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS). IQCS is the system that produces firefighter “Red Cards”. These cards are like driver’s licenses in that the employee must possess one before they can participate in firefighting duties. The IQCS web site contains information on approximately 65,000 incident responders (firefighters), including employees who work for the BIA, tribes, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and other agencies.

For training personnel who plan and conduct training there are a couple useful documents that we use. The first is the Field Manager’s Course Guide. This guide describes each NWCG course in detail, include number of hours to deliver, target audience, prerequisites, and instructor qualifications.

The Course Coordinator’s Guide is helpful in preparing for a course and includes general instructions for course planning, management, presentations, and follow-up.

Many of the upper level fire training courses offered nationally can be found one of the three websites: