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Wildland Urban Interface: Fire-Adapted Communities R0614

Training Specialist

Michael Weller

Delivery type

6-day on-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

In the lower-division baccalaureate, 3 semester hours in public safety.

This 6-day course is for people who have organizational responsibility for wildland urban interface (WUI) risk-reduction operations in their agency or jurisdiction. The course will provide students with the ability to create and sustain a fire-adapted community (FAC) located within a WUI.

Course outcomes will include:

  • Developing a local community coalition to address the WUI and create FACs.
  • Creating a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
  • Facilitating partnerships, improving networking and enhancing resource allocation abilities that address WUI fire risks/issues.
  • Understanding that pre-fire communication and planning between government agencies, local jurisdictions and the community at large is essential in creating an FAC.
  • Improving quality of life and vitality within the local community.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome Letter, BYOD Instructions, Pre-course Assignment: PDF 825KB
Course Syllabus: PDF 134KB

This course is for those who have organizational responsibility for WUI risk-reduction operations in their agency or jurisdiction. Open to federal, tribal, state and local government officials including fire and emergency services, state and municipal planners, forestry management, environmental specialists, community risk-reduction specialists, and public educators.

Note: Local jurisdictions are encouraged to submit applications for community risk reduction teams (limited to 5 persons) to include positions such as land-use planners, forest planners, natural resource managers, WUI coordinators, public information officers and fire department wildfire representatives.

Priority selection will be given for up to 3 teams (of 5) per course offering. Applications must be submitted together, be approved and be signed by the head of a sponsoring organization, along with a cover letter indicating that they are applying as a team.

Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.  Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
December 3 - 8, 2023 Apply by 6/15 Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland