Wildfire destroys everything in its path. With a mere shift of the wind, it can become a monster endangering those who don’t understand its nature. Federal, state and local government firefighter skills are honed by arduous and constant training required to fight wildland fires and survive. Anyone who doesn’t have that level of training jeopardizes everyone on the fireline.
GOOD CAUSE FOR CONFIDENCE
The National Wildfire Suppression Association (NWSA) is recognized by federal/state and local agencies for the quality of our instructor certification programs. They are designed to provide resources that meet or exceed all training, safety, experience, and physical fitness standards identified in the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Wildland Fire Qualifications System Guide (PMS 310-1). More than 12,000 private wildland firefighters receive training by NWSA Certified Instructors annually. Our focus on performance and safety has resulted in loss ratios (accidents) that are significantly lower.
NWSA was the first to hold the Pacific Northwest Coordination Group (PNWCG) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to certify instructors to train private sector, agencies, and interested parties.
NWSA’s nationally recognized database for tracking all training by NWSA certified instructors meets all the requirements of the PNWCG MOU and is open to other users by affiliation for checking training records, Incident Qualification (IQ) Cards, and photo ID. It securelyprints IQ Cards and Training Certificates.
In 2009, a new course, Business Ethics 101, will help certify our member companies in the basics of Worker’s Compensation, USDOL and USDOT , OSHA regulations, Drug & Alcohol Training and business ethics. Many other seminars at our national conference offer continuing professional growth and important important information on current issues.
All these efforts by NWSA have resulted in a highly trained, safety centered, trustworthy resource that agencies can trust on the fireline or any emergency incident.
Questions regarding the training program can be directed to Robert Blais at 209-761-9577 or by email.
For more information about our training programs, please visit our training website at www.nwsastraining.com.