Wildland Fire Science
Join our nationally certified wildland fire science training program and gain the skills to respond to wildfire emergencies in Alaska and around the world. This innovative, hands-on program combines classwork with extensive in-the-field training — operating chainsaws and fire pumps, working with helicopters and other aircraft, and simulating actual fire environments in the majority of our courses. Thanks to our own university-based wildland fire crew and numerous partnerships with local and national fire agencies and wildland programs, you’ll also have the opportunity to be employed as a student firefighter as part of a hand crew or gain a foot in the door with multiple wildland fire agencies. Graduates have an exceptional placement rate in firefighting and other emergency service related careers across Alaska and the nation.
Who Is the Wildland Fire Science Program Designed For?
Anyone interested in an exciting and challenging career in wildland firefighting can benefit from this degree program. Many of the rural communities we serve have wildland fire crews that will provide employment opportunities with the skills and certifications earned from this degree. Because wildland firefighting typically doesn’t require leaving your home community, this program is also a great fit for anyone looking for high-demand careers in their local area.
How the wildland fire science program is delivered
Most of the wildland fire science training courses are now available via distance delivery, although some face-to-face classes may be required. To find out more, talk to an advisor.
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Why Study Wildland Fire Science at UAF?
Hands-on learning in the wildland fire science program
The wildland firefighter training program emphasizes real-world learning that develops problem solving, communication and leadership skills. One day you might be learning about the proper use of a chainsaw in a classroom setting, and the next day cutting down trees in the field. Many of our courses also include hands-on learning such as working with helicopters and simulating actual wildfire scenarios.
Explore Classes in the Wildland Fire Science Program
Courses in the wildland firefighting training program cover topics such as managing a squad on a wildland fire crew, operating wildland fire chainsaws and pumps, and working around fire helicopters and aircraft. When you graduate, you’ll have well-rounded training as an entry-level firefighter capable of filling positions on wildland fires.
Get Started on Your Wildland Fire Training Program
Take the next step toward earning your occupational endorsement in wildland fire science at UAF. We have the resources to help you get started.
Talk to an Advisor
Have questions? Our expert advisors are here to guide you every step of the way. Let us know how we can help.
Transfer to UAF
Transferring to UAF? We can walk you through the process and help make sure you get the most out of the credits you’ve earned.