Wildland Fire Training
The Kansas Forest Service provides wildland fire training that address all fuel types found in Kansas. All courses are available at no charge to any fire department in Kansas.
These are KFS courses, designed for classroom presentation, teaching participants to recognize fuel types, weather and topographic conditions, along with the early warning signs of extreme fire behavior. These courses also deal with water conservation, fire ground safety and suppression tactics, all with an emphasis on Kansas fuels. Although designed for entry-level firefighters, these courses are based on nationally recognized courses and are good for firefighters at any levels.
These courses provide the Kansas firefighter with the opportunity to become nationally qualified and respond to Federal All-Risk incidents. Successfully completing one or more of these courses is the first step to becoming a NWCG certified firefighter. This system allows for two week deployments with career opportunities and knowledge enrichment as a firefighter. The experience can be invaluable to a local fire department.
For other training opportunities, contact Kansas Forest Service for a list of fire science or accreditation course providers. Other organizations that provide fire training are:
- Kansas State Firefighters Association
- US Forest Service Wildland Fire Training
- Kansas Fire and Rescue Institute
- Rocky Mountain Area Coordinating Group
- Emergency Management Institute (FEMA)
In addition to Wildland Fire training, KFS administers the Federal Incident Qualification System (Red Card) for residents of the State of Kansas. Federal employees receive Red Cards through their respective agencies.
Pack tests and RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Annual Refresher, are offered annually. Check our Events page.
For all training and Red Card needs, please contact your District Fire Management Officer.
Scholarships & Reimbursements
The Kansas Forest Service also provides scholarships and reimbursements for training, workshops, or conferences offered through KFS. Scholarships are filled on a first-come, first-served basis as funding allows, to apply; download, print, complete and mail the Scholarship Request to the Fire Management Coordinator, 2610 Claflin Rd., Manhattan, KS 66502. After you have attended the activity for which the scholarship was granted; download, print, complete and mail the Scholarship Reimbursement Request along with a certification of completion or other proof of attendance to the same address. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for reimbursement.
Please note: Only Tuition/Fees/Registration and Lodging are eligible for reimbursement. These must be accompanied by original receipts and be signed by the recipient.
If you have already attended an event offered or endorsed by the Kansas Forest Service and would like to be reimbursed for accrued expenses; download and complete both scholarship documents and send them to the Fire Management Coordinator with a brief explanation of what you attended and how it will benefit you and/or your department.