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    What is the red card in the state of Idaho? What is it used for? I was a FF in Ca. and Mi. for a total of 11yrs and have never heard of this. Any help and info will be great. Thanks Everybody stay safe.

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    What is the red card in the state of Idaho? What is it used for? I was a FF in Ca. and Mi. for a total of 11yrs and have never heard of this. Any help and info will be great. Thanks Everybody stay safe.
    Red Card is a National Certification for "WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER" Kinda like City Firefighter I. It tells the fire mangers that you have taken and passed all the minimum qualifications to be a wildland firefighter.

    Basically it is 40 hours of instruction to get it. If you want to get the cert then contact your State Dept of Natural Resourses or the USFS and they should point you in the right direction.

    Best of luck

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    A Red card is the common name for the Interagency Fire Qualification Card, it is used by Federal agencies for wildland certification, it is used in California but since CDF does its own thing most non-federal firefighters in California haven't had much exposure to it. Can't tell you about MI but I'd guess not alot of Fed fires,

    It is required to respond to Federal wildland fires but in states with a large Forestry Department or Department of Natural Resources this requirement is often overlooked (such as in California).

    These qualifications are based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) the classes are known to many by the S titles (S130, S190 etc) California has been using these for years even though many think they are state classes. So if you did a fair bit of wildland firefighting in CA there is a decent chance you already have some of these.

    This website might help

    http://www.nwcg.gov/

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    Don't forget the pack test, 3 miles, 45 lbs pack maximum time 45 minutes. Stay Safe and Keep Low, we all come home. jack

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