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Fire Instructor I

  • January 19-22, 2023
  • May 18-21, 2023
  • September 14-17, 2023

class information

IFSTA “Fire & Emergency Services Instructor”

Pre-course Assignments

Equivalency to M-410, Facilitative Instructor

Download the Fire Instructor I flyer (98 kb) and Firecamp Application (170 kb) in PDF format.

Poinciana, Florida Live-Fire Training Deaths — July, 2002

Lt. John Mickel and Dallas Begg Act

NIOSH Report, 2002-34

Florida State Fire Marshal Report

Preventing Deaths and Injuries to Fire Fighters during Live-Fire Training in Acquired Structures, CDC Workplace Solutions — November, 2004

Poinciana Video

Links to Instructor Resources

Colorado Fire Training Officers Association

Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control

Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Drill of the Month Weekly Fire Drills

Equivalency to M-410, Facilitative Instructor

The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management both recognize Fire Instructor I training (based on NFPA 1041) as equivalent to M-410.

The Forest Service Handbook 5109.17 (effective August 27, 2007) states:

31.1 - Instructor Qualifications and Certification

Certification of instructor qualifications is the responsibility of the employing agency.  Instructor qualifications and certification standards are contained within the NWCG Field Manager’s Course Guide (FMCG), PMS 901-1.  Refer to the FMCG for those standards which can be found at the following website:

The Forest Service complies with the standards contained in the FMCG.  In addition, Forest Service instructors shall:

1.  Complete either the instructor requirements in the Field Manager's Course Guide for 200 and 300 level courses or the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041, Fire Service Instructor, which the Forest Service has identified as an equivalency course, for those courses in the Field Manager's Course Guide.


An equivalent course is determined by agency identified “evaluators” to be equal to a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) approved course.

Awarding course equivalency is an agency specific responsibility. Only agencies have the authority to certify their employees meet NWCG training requirements when alternative course offerings are used. Individual agencies will set guidelines for equivalency determination and may grant credit for courses they deem equivalent.

Courses being reviewed for equivalency must have:

  • A reason the alternative course was used or developed;
  • A benefit gained through awarding course equivalency such as:

    - cost savings
    - broadened target audience
    - enhanced learning experience for students

The agency seeking course equivalency should conduct a detailed analysis and document their findings according to agency policy.

When conducting this analysis, the following guidelines apply:

  • All learning and performance objectives of the NWCG course are met or exceeded in the equivalent course;
  • The same minimum instructor qualifications required for the NWCG course apply to the equivalent course;
  • Course prerequisites have not been altered;
  • The equivalent course does not conflict or contradict established NWCG guidelines or standards;
  • The equivalent course is not numbered using the NWCG course numbering system.

A new analysis must be completed when the equivalent NWCG course is revised to ensure course equivalency continues.

NWCG Training Working Team
National Interagency Fire Center
3833 S. Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705

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