Building Professionalism into Forest Fire Suppression

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Federal, state, and local agencies, working through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, have developed a National Interagency Fire Qualification System (NIFQS). NIFQS sets uniform standards for fire suppression work, specifying prerequisite jobs, currency of experience, required training, and physical fitness. The Boise Interagency Fire Center, in Idaho, dispatches only fire fighters who meet NIFQS standards.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Service's Forest Fire and Atmospheric Sciences Research Staff, Washington, D.C., Member of the Fire Qualification and Certification Working Team of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Publication date: July 1, 1979

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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