Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher

nwcg standards for instructors of annual fireline refresher training

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Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead instructor must be a qualified single resource boss.

Unit instructors must be qualified firefighters type 1 (FFT1).

Adjunct instructors may be utilized to provide limited instruction in specialized knowledge and skills at the discretion of the lead instructor. They must be experienced, proficient and knowledgeable of current issues in their field of expertise.

All instructors will need the knowledge and skills to utilize current educational technology, as it relates to the WFSTAR website. Examples would be streaming and downloading interactive videos as well as the use of apps and mobile devices.


Follow the guidance for Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training in the Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book) or your agency equivalent.

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Prepare Instructional Material. To avoid embarrassment, carefully prepare your presentation and rehearse the exercises.

Prepare Documentation
Be sure to fully document who attended, the instructor names, what was covered and when and where the training took place. A form was developed to assist with refresher documentation. Each participant's training records must be updated, which means course completion memos must be sent to appropriate training officers.
Training Documentation Form

For additional information please refer to the NWCG Field Manager’s Course Guide (PMS 901-1) at http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/training/fmcg.pdf.