National Wildfire Coordinating Group releases 2023 year in review and new training modules for 2024

April 23, 2024
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Updated training modules for wildfire safety introduced by NWCG

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) has released its annual update to the Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR), which includes a review of the 2023 fire year and a new set of training modules for 2024.

This release marks a continued effort to enhance fire line safety through targeted training.

Annual refresher training requirements detailed

The WFSTAR program is designed to ensure that personnel assigned to fire line duties, both for fire suppression and non-suppression tasks, undergo mandatory annual training.

This initiative is critical to maintaining safety standards and operational effectiveness on the fire line.

The training focuses on operations and decision-making to help personnel recognize, mitigate, and manage risks effectively.

New and updated training modules for 2024

For 2024, the WFSTAR has introduced a range of updated modules that are essential for meeting the specific training requirements of NWCG positions.

These modules are available through the Wildland Fire Learning Portal and can be delivered in various formats, including in-person and virtual instructor-led sessions.

Local agency units are responsible for scheduling this crucial training for their teams.

NWCG’s commitment to fire safety and education

According to the NWCG, the updated training modules are integral to its commitment to safety and effectiveness in wildfire management.

Its goal is to ensure that all fire line personnel are well-prepared to handle the challenges of wildfire suppression and related tasks safely.

FSJA Comment

The annual update of the WFSTAR by the NWCG underscores the ongoing commitment to improving safety and operational standards in wildfire management.

As wildfires continue to pose serious threats to landscapes and communities, the importance of regular and rigorous training for fire line personnel cannot be overstated.

The enhancements in the 2024 training modules reflect an adaptive approach to learning, ensuring that personnel are not only aware of the best practices but are also prepared to implement them effectively under the pressures of real-world conditions.

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