Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices Training

ALL courses listed below are at no-cost to attend.

If you have questions in regards to applying for any of the classes, scholarships or grants offered, please contact 

Wendie Warner.

Virtual Course

Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices Training

next course Begins january 9, 2023

Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices (Mitigation Best Practices) is listed as N9073 within the IQCS application. The course is a required training for the Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Team Member (WMTM) and Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Team Lead (WMTL) positions with the USFS.

This national level training from Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc. and the USDA Forest Service is designed for current or future mitigation specialists, wildfire program leads, and others who work with residents and their communities to reduce wildfire risk. The Mitigation Best Practices training concentrates on science, methods and tools that will help you engage communities/residents while also helping you to eliminate ineffective practices.  

Participants should come with a basic understanding of wildfire, how homes burn, and vegetation management practices. The course assumes you know how to mitigate, but that you could use support engaging your community. In this workshop, you will work through some of the greatest challenges facing our wildland urban interface communities. The course will help you break down ineffective practices to make space for the more effective ones with a focus on the on-the-ground mitigation activities.

The training takes place over the course of nine weeks, with three to five hours of estimated work per week. While the work is at your own pace, you are required to meet the weekly deadlines.

Selection to participate in the training will be based on your answers provided and on submission date.

Click HERE to apply.
You may view a previous class syllabus HERE.

2-Day Short Course

Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices Training

The short-course is free to attend and you are not required to register for the conference to attend.

If you attend both days you will receive a certificate of completion for the 2-day short course.

If you are interested in getting the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) N9073 Training Certificate, you must complete pre-work, attend and actively participate in both days of training, and complete a Mitigation Action Plan (MAP) within two weeks of course completion. More details will be provided during the course.

cohesive Wildland fire Management Strategy Workshop

Asheville, NC

November 12 & 13, 2022

Follow this link to learn more.
Click HERE to register.

Wildland-Urban Interface conference

Reno, NV

March 26 & 27, 2023

Follow this link to learn more. 
Workshop registration coming soon.

Colorado Wildland fire conference

Fort collins, CO

April 10 & 11, 2023

Follow this link to learn more. 
Workshop registration coming soon.

Fire-Rescue International 150th Anniversary

Kansas City, MO

August 14 & 15, 2023

Follow this link to learn more.
Workshop registration coming soon.

Travel Scholarship

If you are fire personnel, click HERE for more information on scholarships available to attend a CW-MBP Short Course or 1-Week Comprehensive In-Person Training.

Your department must be a member of the IAFC’s free national Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program and agree to record your mitigation efforts in the program’s online Achievement Management System (AMS). You can join RSG any time by submitting this application. You may also create an account online. Questions? Please email Cathie Larocca, RSG Program Manager, IAFC at clarocca@iafc.org. Cathie will be available in person at the CW-MBP pre-con sessions in Asheville (November 2022).

Apply for scholarship HERE.

Kickstart Grant

If you already have your CW-MBP certificate… COCO and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are excited to announce a partnership to help organizations turn their ideas into reality through grant funding. 

Grants will take the form of micro-awards (up to $2,500) to support the implementation of a student’s Mitigation Action Plan (MAP). Click HERE for more information.

Your organization must be a member of the IAFC’s free national Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program and agree to record your mitigation efforts in the program’s online Achievement Management System (AMS). You can join RSG any time by submitting this application. You may also create an account online. Questions? Please email Cathie Larocca, RSG Program Manager, IAFC at clarocca@iafc.org. Cathie will be available in person at the CW-MBP pre-con sessions in San Antonio (August 2022) and Asheville (November 2022)

Apply HERE.