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UNIVERSITIES and Online Fire Science Programmes

Courses on fire science or fire management are offered by a number of universities worldwide. The numerous universities in the U.S.A. that are offering courses on a regular basis and as part of their curricula are not listed here. Those interested in qualifying in the U.S.A. are encouraged to search the internet for details. Universities from other countries that allow participation of students from outside their university or through inter-university agreements are encouraged to announce their courses on this site (contact: fire@fire.uni-freiburg.de). Following courses are offered in 2014:

USA

Complete Guide to an Online Fire Science Degree
The field of fire science encompasses many aspects of fire management and emergency services. In conjunction with the completion of a degree program, graduates typically need on-the-job training and emergency medical certification before they are qualified to work as a firefighter. While many firefighters are able to find employment with just a high school diploma and work experience, those with an associate, bachelor’s, or master's degree in fire science may have greater opportunities for advancement. Firefighters with significant professional experience may eventually have careers as fire inspectors, fire investigators, or fire chiefs, among others. Choosing the most appropriate fire science degree will depend on your current level of fire and emergency training and your career aspirations. See the dedicated Fire Science website of the Guide to Online Schools at:
http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/degrees/vocational/fire-science#/degrees/vocational/fire-science

Guide to Fire Science and Public Safety Degrees
While several schools now offer programs specific to fire science, many positions can be filled with other related public safety degrees like emergency management and safety & health. FireScienceDegree has made getting a fire science degree easy by taking the step and finding schools that offer the degree. Please visit this website with some of the best online fire science degrees and other related programs:
http://www.firesciencedegree.com/

Northern Michigan University Wildland Fire Program
The minor consists of 23 credits with both classroom and hands on training in the field. The courses are taught by experienced Wildland Firefighters and provide certification through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
Contact Website: http://www.nmu.edu/hper/node/80

Europe

Spain
A Wildland Fire Science and Integrated Fire Management Master MSc programme has been set up between the Universities Universidad de Lleida (Coordination), Universidad de Córdoba and Universidad de León.
http://www.masterfuegoforestal.es/

Portugal
The second Training course on prescribed fire (Certified by the Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas – Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests for the accreditation of prescribed fire managers) will be held at the Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra – College of Agriculture of Coimbra starting 25 September 2015)

Germany
The course module "Fire ecology of tropical, subtropical and temperate-boreal forest ecosystems" is integrated part of the university training of Freiburg University (Germany), Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences.

Europe: Netherlands / Germany
“Hot Topics and Burning Issues: Fire as a Driver of System Processes—Past, Present, and Future”
, a PhD course being organised jointly by the C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation of Wageningen University, the Global Fire Monitoring Center/Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, and the United Nations University (UNU), 30 March – 4 April 2008 

South America

Argentina
Doctorado en Ecología y Gestión de Fuegos de Vegetación, PhD program organized by the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Chubut, Argentina (2016).

Argentina
Facultad de Ingeniería Sede Esquel: Two postgraduate courses on fire ecology and prescribed burning (6-12 November 2016):

Doctorado en Ecología y Gestión de Fuegos de Vegetación, PhD program organized by the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Chubut, Argentina (2013).

Subsahara Africa
See website of the Wildland Fire Training Center Africa (WFTCA) at: http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/GlobalNetworks/Africa/WFTCA.htm

OTHER COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

USDA Forest Service International Programs
The USDA Forest Service International Programs organizes annually international seminars designed for natural resource managers around the world. These intensive and interactive seminars, which feature fascinating site visits and in-depth case analyses, are designed to stimulate debate and discussion among participants. For 2005, senior level policy makers, land managers and other professionals working in natural resource management are invited to apply to seminars. See US Forest Service International Programs “International Seminars” Website at:

http://www.fs.fed.us/global/is/welcome.htm

Florida Center for Wildfire and Forest Resources Management Training
Since 1999 the Florida Center for Wildfire and Forest Resources Management Training (FCW&FRMT) provides training to the public and private sector in forest resource management, prescribed fire, and wildfire management. Website:
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Education/For-the-Community/Florida-Center-for-Wildfire-and-Forest-Resources-Management-Training

National Wildfire Coordination Group's (NWCG) Training Working Team (TWT)

The TWT manages the NWCG training curricula program; recommends for approval the Wildland Fire curriculum; oversees NWCG course revisions; recommends to NWCG the course development and format standards; assures all training materials developed by NWCG meet the Course Development and Format Standards; and provides guidance to other teams on the development process and standards. Website:

http://training.nwcg.gov/

National Park Service
An other source is the homepage of the U.S. National Park Service's Fire Management Program Center at NIFC which offers access to different training and education web sites through its "Fire Management" sub page.

APU - American Public University
Fire Science Management Degree/ B.S. in Fire Science Management
The Fire Science program at APU aims to place graduates in the forefront of the firefighting and emergency management field.  The curriculum covers a breadth of subjects needed for graduates to succeed in this challenging environment. Courses are designed specifically to fit with the uncertain and demanding schedules that many professionals face working in the public service sector. Students benefit from faculty who bring up-to-date industry knowledge into the classroom, as well as from classmates, who represent the diversity of a life-experienced, global student body
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The FireFlyer
Fire Science Degrees
A fire science degree aims to put graduates on the path towards advancing within the fire service system. A variety of colleges offer fire science degrees online, some at their local campuses as well:

MATERIALS FOR TEACHING FIRE COURSES

TeacherServe from the National Humanities Center
http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us/tserve/nattrans/ntuseland/essays/fire.htm
The essay “History with Fire in its Eye: An Introduction to Fire in America" by Stephen J. Pyne, Arizona State University, is part of the webguide "Nature Transformed: The Environment in American History". The series of essays written by scholars provide updated content, discussion guidance, and teaching resources for high school teachers.

U.S. Fire Information Systems and Software Products: @fire.org
See GFMW link page:
http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/literature/software.htm

Iowa State University, U.S.A.
Global Change Syllabus „Atmospheric Composition, Carbon Dioxide“:
http://www.geology.iastate.edu/gccourse/chem/gases/gases_lecture_new.html

 


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