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Events & Workshops

The Eastern Nebraska Wildland Fire Academy is an excellent and convenient opportunity for agencies, volunteer fire departments, and private individuals in the eastern half of Nebraska to benefit from training not readily available in their region. This academy provides quality training from highly respected and experienced instructors from agencies throughout the state and from around the country to ensure training needs for wildland firefighters are met. We encourage all agencies, volunteer fire departments, and private individuals from the surrounding states and regions to come and participate.

All classes are National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) accredited courses.

Classes being offered:

S-130/S-190/L-180 Basic Wildland Firefighter (Red Card) November 2-6, 2022

S-131 Firefighter Type 1 (Advanced Firefighter) November 2, 2022

S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws November 2-6, 2021

S-230 Crew Boss (Single Resource) November 3-4, 2021

S-231 Engine Boss (Single Resource) November 5, 2022

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior November 2-6, 2022

Red Card Field Portion (Online Class Only) November 6, 2022

Tuition covers student materials and the rental of the classrooms.

Any participants or attendees under the age of 18 must contact the Nebraska Forest Service prior to the event. Please email Wildland Fire Training Coordinator Eric Moul at

Catering will not be provided this year. Attendees will need to either provide their own food supplies or plan to visit the nearby towns for meals. If staying in the Ponca State Park lodging, be sure to ask if the lodging amenities provide for preparing and storage of your food supplies.

Lodging will be the responsibility of the academy participants. To reserve lodging at the state park, go to or contact by phone (402) 755-2284. Lodging will be first come, first serve. If you intend to stay at Ponca State Park reserve your lodging early. Nearby towns offer a few hotel options. Sioux City has many options to choose from and is located just 30 miles away