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State forestry offering virtual wildland firefighting class in February – AK Fire Info

residence AK Fire info State forests offer virtual lessons on fighting wildland fires in February

Alaskans looking to start a career in wildland firefighting don’t have to wait until spring to take a class this summer.

The Alaska Department of Forestry is piloting a new core wildland firefighting class (red card) that takes place February 14-25. The course will be delivered statewide through an online mobility platform and features both virtual and in-person components. Students need access to a computer with a webcam and microphone, as well as high-speed Internet.

This post contains information on how to apply for the Forestry Division’s statewide virtual red card category from February 14-25.

The deadline to register for the class is February 8. Students can register here. Cost $55 with purchase of an e-book or $73 for a paperback. Students can apply for financial aid if they cannot afford the class.

The class includes an in-person field day at a local office later this spring. Students can select a time and place for their field day and fitness test upon registration. Students must participate in the field day and pass a physical fitness test to complete the class. Upon completion of the class, field day, and fitness test, students will be eligible for a Red Card to work on a crew or other wildfire support locations.

The class default component will take about 30 hours per day
Commit 2-3 hours to self-study. The class will feature daily Zoom meetings,
Quizzes and Final Exam in which students must achieve a score of at least 70 percent.
Teachers will be available via email or phone to answer questions as they arise.

“Introducing this Red Card class virtually in the winter provides junior firefighters with another option and will help them better prepare them for crew service next summer,” said Norm MacDonald, chief of fire and aviation at DOF Wildland Fire & Aviation. “This will also help relieve some of the training stress that our local offices face each spring for red card classes.”

Contact the Finance Department Training Specialist Sunshine Meitzner at (907) 822-8628 or sunshine.meitzner@alaska.gov for more information.

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Categories: AK Fire Info

Tags: Alaska Department of Forestry, Red Card Class, Wildland Firefighting

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