Colorado Firecamp is organized and operated to preserve and protect life, structures, resources and America's wildland by training individuals from around the country for suppression of wildfire, mitigation of wildfire risk and stewardship of forests and other wildlands. Included in this mission is the development of personal reliability, responsibility, leadership and the teamwork required to accomplish the training goals.
Colorado Firecamp provides training for wildland firefighters, structural firefighters, and chainsaw operators. This allows our students to complete training requirements for vocational certification. Since its creation in 2004 Colorado Firecamp has trained over 9,000 students from all 50 states and 7 foreign countries including: Venezuela, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Portugal.
Colorado Firecamp provides classroom instruction and field training required for "red card" certification of wildland firefighters, using curricula and materials developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). Our school fosters a learning community by employing committed and qualified instructors, who deliver approved National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) curricula. It provides training that meets, or exceeds, standards for wildland fire training contained in the "Standards for Wildland Fire Position Qualifications," PMS 310-1 and the "Standards for Course Delivery," PMS 901-10. Instructors are current & former federal, state, and local firefighters and/or sawyers.
Colorado Firecamp also participates in local wildland fire planning and hazard mitigation activities. This engagement educates the local community on strategies to reduce wildfire hazard and improve forest health. Future planned activities include conducting homeowner chainsaw safety training to encourage implementation of defensible space projects on private lands. Colorado Firecamp participates on the Forest Health Council sponsored by Envision Chaffee County, as well as the associated Chaffee Chips wildfire mitigation, Chaffee Treats forest health projects, and Maysville/North Fork Firewise Community.
Firecamp is also affiliated with the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) Veterans Fire Corps program. This program helps provide employment and training opportunities to current era veterans interested in natural resource management and wildland fire careers. Many returning vets have difficulty transitioning directly from the battlefield back into society. As they are accustomed to working in teams under high-stress situations, firefighting is an excellent career fit. Colorado Firecamp is a GI Bill-approved school, allowing military veterans to use their Post-9/11 Educational Benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs to pay for training. Colorado Firecamp is also an eligible training provider under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, allowing students to obtain job-related training approved by the majority of Colorado regional workforce centers.
"Great instruction!!! I highly recommend for anyone serious about wildland firefighting!" - Oct. 5, 2020
"I absolutely recommend Colorado Firecamp to anyone interested in wildland fire fighting" - April 14, 2021
"Great place to take classes, amazing home cooked meals, great hands on experience, beautiful surroundings. I will definitely be coming back!" - Sept. 15, 2019
"Outstanding program ! Quality instruction from people that genuinely care ! Very knowledgeable teaching/mentoring cadre... this place has something special" - Jan. 22, 2017
"You have a great group of people who love their job, love training and certifying individuals who share the same passion. They are highly knowledgeable. Fire camp makes learning fun.. I can't wait to come back for additional training and certifications." - June 26, 2016