Wildland Fire Science

Training Program

Join our nationally certified wildland fire science training program and gain the skills to respond to wildfire emergencies in Alaska and around the world. This innovative, hands-on program combines classwork with extensive in-the-field training — operating chainsaws and fire pumps, working with helicopters and other aircraft, and simulating actual fire environments in the majority of our courses. Thanks to our own university-based wildland fire crew and numerous partnerships with local and national fire agencies and wildland programs, you’ll also have the opportunity to be employed as a student firefighter as part of a hand crew or gain a foot in the door with multiple wildland fire agencies. Graduates have an exceptional placement rate in firefighting and other emergency service related careers across Alaska and the nation.

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Why Study Wildland Fire Science at UAF?

  • Apply for employment with our university based fire crew or one of multiple wildland fire organizations that UAF works in cooperation with to gain real-world, on-the-job experience while earning your degree.

  • Get wildland firefighting training at one of the best schools for fire science. All courses within the wildland fire science program are accredited with national certification from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

  • Gain practical vocational experience and hands-on training as part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Wildland Fire Crew and our numerous partnerships with local fire and rescue organizations.

  • Learn leadership and supervisory skills that will be crucial to your future career success.

Hands-on learning in the wildland fire science program

The wildland firefighter training program emphasizes real-world learning that develops problem solving, communication and leadership skills. One day you might be learning about the proper use of a chainsaw in a classroom setting, and the next day cutting down trees in the field. Many of our courses also include hands-on learning such as working with helicopters and simulating actual wildfire scenarios.





Get Started on Your Wildland Fire Training Program

Take the next step toward earning your occupational endorsement in wildland fire science at UAF. We have the resources to help you get started.