Learn about wildfire prevention at the upcoming S-130/190 training hosted by NATA in August

A participants puts fire on the ground during the field day at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station. Photo credit: NATA.
Are you fire ready?

Spaces are quickly filling up for the Basic Wildland Firefighter (S-130/190) training! This workshop is hosted by NATA and will take place in August in Gainesville. Last month, we blogged about the value of S-130/190 in terms of job resume appeal, but this workshop is also great in terms of its practicality for natural resource professionals. For land managers in the state of Florida, wildfire prevention is always a priority. With temperatures only getting hotter, it is crucial that best management practices are utilized to minimize wildfire risk. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, “Wildfires in Florida usually start and spread quickly, leaving little time to prepare…” (FDACS, 2018). Completing this training (along with a separate pack test not offered by NATA) will prepare and qualify land managers to assist on both prescribed fires and wildfires.

Only a few spots left…

Back in April, the Florida Forest Service recognized Wildfire Awareness Week in an effort to encourage Florida residents to learn their role in preventing disastrous wildfires. If you are a land manager or want to become a land manager and have not yet taken this training, now is the time to do so! Course topics include the primary factors that affect the start and spread of wildfire, how to recognize potentially hazardous situations, and the environmental factors that affect the spread of fire, such as fuels, weather, and topography.


For more information and how to register, click here. Time is running out; registration closes July 20th or when spaces fill up!



FDACS. (2018). Commissioner Adam Putnam Highlights Wildfire Awareness Week on 20th Anniversary of Historic 1998 Wildfire Season. Retrieved June 4, 2018, from https://www.freshfromflorida.com/News-Events/Press-Releases/2018-Press-Releases/Commissioner-Adam-Putnam-Highlights-Wildfire-Awareness-Week-on-20th-Anniversary-of-Historic-1998-Wildfire-Season.



Posted: June 4, 2018

Category: , Natural Resources, Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Fire, NATA, Natural Areas Training Academy, Prescribed Fires, Workshops

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