National Wildland Fire Training

Eastern Area - Policies & Information

General Information that applies to all nominations: Nominations for all courses will be on the NWCG's Nomination Form unless other directions are specifically stated on the course announcement. If the nomination form is not filled out completely, the nomination will be returned; this includes the second page of the form if there are costs associated with the course. Nomination forms must have the supervisors support as demonstrated by their signature on the form. Computer submission is the preferred method of transmittal, however fax or hard-copy mail is acceptable. /s/ signatures are accepted.

National Courses (NAFRI): Nominations are due November 1 each year unless specifically stated otherwise on the course announcement.

All Federal Agency nominations are to be submitted through their respective agencies' Regional or National Office following their own agency policies. Nominations will be prioritized and then forwarded to the Eastern Area’s Geographic Area Training Representative (GATR) for submission to NAFRI.

State nominations should be submitted through the state's appropriate channels.  Nominations will be submitted to the GATR and forwarded to NAFRI.

The only exception to the above will be for S520 and S620 courses. Nominations for these courses are to be sent through their agency training representative to the GATR for submission to EACG for review, recommendations, and prioritization. The GATR will forward the nominations to NAFRI.

Prescribed Fire Training Center: Nominations are to be submitted directly to the Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC).  Nominations should not be submitted to the GATR prior to PFTC.  Once the nomination period has closed, PFTC will submit a list of all Eastern Area nominees to the GATR for prioritization. 

Other Geographical Area Training: Nominations are due to the GATR by November 1 of each year unless specifically stated otherwise on the course announcement. All out-of-area training nominations are to be submitted from the nominee through their supervisor for approval and signature and then to the appropriate agency official for prioritizing. Once the local official has reviewed and prioritized their areas' nominations they will forward them to the GATR. Nominations NOT submitted through the GATR will not be considered.

In Area Training: Agency/State representatives submit nominations direct to the course coordinator. If an Agency/State is submitting more than one nomination for a course, be sure they are prioritized prior to submitting to the course coordinator.

The Priority Trainee (PT) Mobilization Program has an extensive history within the Eastern Area as a viable process to find training opportunities for our interagency candidates.  Hundreds of individuals have become fully qualified resources because of the PT Mobilization Program.  To further enhance the PT Mobilization Program, the Eastern Area Coordinating Group (EACG) has established guidelines for the program. 

The PT Mobilization Program is not meant to capture everyone who has an open Position Task Book (PTB). Rather, it is meant to capture those individuals who meet one of the four criteria:

These are true priority trainees in need of on the job training.  The Eastern Area has many individuals in one or more of these circumstances who need an assignment to complete PTBs to become fully qualified. 

Nomination Process

Individuals wishing to participate in the PT Mobilization Program may submit a Priority Trainee Mobilization Program Nomination Form along with a copy of their IQS/IQCS Master Record through agency accepted channels to their Home Unit in the Fall of each year.  The Home Units will then prioritize each PT nomination by position and submit the nominations to their respective Eastern Area Training Working Team (EATWT) representative. 

The EATWT develops the final interagency list at their annual Winter Meeting.  This final Priority Trainee List is submitted to the Eastern Area Coordination Center (EACC) for posting to the Eastern Area Coordination Center’s website in the Spring of the year.


Page last updated: 02-18-2016