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NATA sends out save-the-date for RX-410: Smoke Management Techniques

NATA is excited to announce that, for the first time in our history, we will be offering RX-410: Smoke Management Techniques on October 7-11, 2019. We expect a lot of interest in this training, which is why a save-the-date was sent out earlier this week. In order to register for this training, interested persons must submit a nomination form that coordinating instructors will then review to ensure prerequisites are met. To access the nomination form, click here. There is no deadline to submit the nomination form (as we expect to reach capacity very quickly), but we do ask that you please wait to submit the form until after 9:00AM on Monday, July 29. We want to give people a fair chance to get the form filled out and their travel requests in order before opening up registration to qualified applicants.

Prerequisites

The necessary prerequisites to attend this training include a background in prescribed fire planning, implementing, monitoring, permitting, or smoke/air regulating. Individuals with a Burn Boss Type 1 (RXB1) designation would benefit from this training, in addition to Long-Term Fire Analysts (LTAN) and Fire Effects Monitors (FEMO). Although many backgrounds will be considered, applicants MUST have an extensive history in prescribed fire planning.

Course description

RX-410 is designed to lead students through the ecological and historical role of fire, characteristics of smoke, and the health, safety, and visibility impacts of smoke. Other topics include meteorology, fuel consumption, public relations, legal requirements, and operational smoke management strategies. The course is interactive in nature and contains a component on smoke dispersion modeling. There is pre-course work required, which is designed to familiarize students with the NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire.

Course details

The training will be held October 7-11 in central Florida. Monday and Friday (the 7th and 11th) will be half days, while Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (the 8th, 9th, and 10th) will be full days. This training is 100% classroom based; there is no field component. Lunch will be provided Tuesday-Thursday. Optional lodging is available nearby at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center (approximately 35 minutes away from training location). Registration is $350, with lodging an additional $85/night to be a single occupant of a room, or $50/night to share a room with another participant.

Questions

If you have any questions about this training, please email nata@ifas.ufl.edu.