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Join EMS University's Wildland Operator Program

Are you ready to take your EMT training to the next level and pursue an exciting career in firefighting? EMS University’s Wildland Operator Program is your gateway to the thrilling world of wildland firefighting. Gain the skills, experience, and confidence you need to make a difference and protect our natural resources.

Enroll Now and Start Your Journey

Our program offers training in wildland firefighting techniques, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to handle challenging situations in the field. Join us today and become part of a dynamic team dedicated to safeguarding our environment.​

Why Choose EMS University?

 At EMS University, we understand the importance of building a strong foundation for your firefighting career. Our Wildland Operator Program offers exceptional benefits and opportunities to set you apart from the competition.

Make an Immediate Impact

With our program, you’ll receive comprehensive training from experienced instructors who have firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced in wildland firefighting. From honing your firefighting skills to developing leadership and teamwork abilities, EMS University empowers you to reach your full potential.

Elevate Your Resume - Stand Out as a Wildland Operator

With our program, you’ll receive comprehensive training from experienced instructors who have firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced in wildland firefighting. From honing your firefighting skills to developing leadership and teamwork abilities, EMS University empowers you to reach your full potential. 

Looking to make a lasting impression on future employers in the firefighting industry? EMS University’s Wildland Operator Program is your ticket to a standout resume and increased employability.


What do EMSU Wildland Operators Do?

As an EMSU Wildland Operator, your role is integral to supporting the Incident Commander and the US Forest Service during wildland firefighting operations. Your specialization might be as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in our advanced Ambulance unit, or operating our Handwashing and Weed Washing Stations. Each role is critical, providing essential services during incidents. Other team members may specialize in areas like operating heavy machinery such as Dozers or Excavators, maintaining equipment with the Mechanic Service Truck, or ensuring a steady water supply with the Water Tender. Regardless of the specific role, each EMSU Wildland Operator contributes significantly to our collective mission, playing their part in ensuring the safety of the crew and the effective management of our wildlands.

Experience Real Deployments

Get Deployed

Ready to put your skills to the test and face real-world firefighting scenarios? EMS University’s Wildland Operator Program offers hands-on deployments to wildland fire incidents, providing you with invaluable experience and learning opportunities.

As a Wildland Operator, you’ll work alongside seasoned professionals, applying your training in high-pressure situations. Gain confidence, enhance your problem-solving abilities, and contribute to the efforts of protecting our environment. Make a difference where it matters most.

Join the EMSU Family

When you choose EMS University’s Wildland Operator Program, you’re not just gaining training and experience – you’re joining a supportive community of like-minded individuals passionate about making a positive impact in the world of firefighting.

Our program connects you with industry professionals, agencies, and fellow firefighters, creating networking opportunities that can open doors to future employment and growth. Forge lifelong friendships, share experiences, and build a network that will elevate your firefighting journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Wildland Operations

1. Who is eligible to participate in Wildland Operations with EMS University? EMSU welcomes individuals interested in supporting wildland firefighting operations. We give preference to students currently enrolled in EMT programs at EMS University, but encourage individuals from various backgrounds and skill sets to apply.

2. What roles and responsibilities are included in EMSU Wildland Operations? Contractors play crucial roles in wildland firefighting operations. Responsibilities can range from providing medical standby services during fires, operating equipment like wash stations, to assisting with logistical support. The program offers an avenue for individuals with diverse skill sets to contribute meaningfully to firefighting efforts and build their emergency services resume.

3. Can I participate in other activities or work while being a Wildland Operator? The role of a Wildland Operator demands dedication and readiness for continuous deployments with limited downtime. Balancing other activities or employment commitments alongside is not recommended due to the demanding nature of the job.

4. How long are the deployments as a Wildland Operator? Deployment durations for a Wildland Operator can vary, depending on the specific fire incident and operational needs. Prepare for deployments that can last several days to weeks, requiring flexibility and adaptability.

5. What are the benefits of joining the Wildland Operator Program? The Wildland Operator Program provides:

  • Practical, hands-on experience in wildland firefighting operations.
  • Exposure to real-world fire incidents.
  • Development of valuable skills in teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and emergency response.
  • A resume boost, especially for those considering a career in firefighting or related fields.
  • Networking opportunities within the firefighting and emergency response community.

6. Is prior experience in firefighting or emergency response required? No prior experience in firefighting or emergency response is required to participate. The program is designed to offer training and development opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds. However, any relevant experience or certifications could be beneficial during the selection process.

7. How do I apply for the Wildland Operator Program at EMS University? To apply, visit our website and follow the application instructions. This typically involves submitting your personal information, relevant certifications (if any), and expressing your interest in the program. Our admissions team will review your application and provide further instructions.

8. What kind of training will I receive in EMSU’s Wildland Operator Program? EMSU’s Wildland Operator training is already integrated within the EMT training program and offers focused training in wildland firefighting techniques. This includes the RT130 (Annual Wildland Safety Refresher) and FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) courses 100, 200, 700, and 800. These courses equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate challenging field situations, under the guidance of experienced instructors.

9. What is the cost of the Wildland Operator Program at EMSU? The Wildland Operator Program is provided free of charge for all enrolled EMT students at EMSU. This means there are no additional costs for these students. If you are not an EMT student, you must obtain FEMA ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 as well as RT-130 training. Qualifying independent contractors can receive this training through EMSU as part of the on-boarding process.

10. How will the Wildland Operator Program enhance my resume? Participation in EMSU’s Wildland Operator Program offers a competitive edge in the firefighting industry. The rigorous training, and real-world experience gained, showcases your dedication, knowledge, and practical skills to potential employers.

11. What does a real deployment look like as a Wildland Operator at EMSU? EMSU’s Wildland Operator Program offers real-world deployments to wildland fire incidents. During these deployments, you’ll work alongside seasoned professionals in high-pressure situations, applying your training directly.

12. What is the professional status of EMSU’s Wildland Operators? Please note that EMSU’s Wildland Operators function as Independent Contractors. This provides flexibility and autonomy while still being a part of the larger EMSU community.

13. How do I join the EMSU Wildland Operator Program? To join EMSU’s Wildland Operator Program, visit our website and follow the enrollment process. Should you need any assistance or further information, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to our team of firefighting professionals.

14. I am an EMT enrolled in EMSU. Am I required to become a Wildland Operator? No, the reason for the training is to help introduce you to the important aspects of the emergency services field. As an EMT, you will frequently encounter fireground operations, and occasionally may assist fire operations, mass casualty incidents, and large scale disasters. Our next-level training helps to expose you to these aspects of EMS which will help you to become the best EMT possible irrespective of whether or not you choose to become a Wildland Operator. 

15. Is EMSU affiliated with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)? While we adhere to the standards and guidelines set by the NWCG, EMSU is not directly affiliated with the NWCG. We are an independent entity employing contractors to provide various services during wildland operations, including at incident base camps.

16. Does EMSU hire through the state Fire Marshal or NWCG? No, EMSU does not hire individuals through any state Fire Marshal or the NWCG. Our hiring process is carried out directly by EMSU.

17. Which state does EMSU operate under during wildland operations? EMSU is not restricted to operating under a specific state. We are authorized to provide our services across many regions in the United States. Our activities are regulated according to the jurisdictions of the locations where we are actively providing services.

18. How does EMSU support wildland firefighting operations? EMSU hires independent contractors to provide critical services during wildland firefighting operations. These services may include medical support, equipment management, and maintaining sanitation at incident base camps. We adhere to the highest standards of safety and procedure, often as outlined by the NWCG.

19. How can I become a contractor for EMSU for wildland operations? Interested individuals can contact us directly for information regarding our hiring process and requirements. Our selection process ensures that we hire individuals who meet our high standards for professionalism, training, and expertise.

For additional questions or further information, please contact us via Live Chat Support. We’re here to help you through your journey as a Wildland Operator.