The Idaho Department of Lands has launched a new online fire training portal for loggers, industrial forestland owners and foresters, providing access to training resources that qualifies them to safely fight fire on their own land within areas where IDL provides fire protection.
The portal connects these forestry professionals with traditional in-person or virtual classes, and free self-directed online learning.With proper training, owners and operators of heavy equipment can become eligible to contract for work suppressing fire on other lands protected by IDL. This adds to the firefighting capacity of IDL while also benefitting local economies.
The Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho (ALC) supports this new training opportunity.
“This partnership with industry is more important than ever as wildfires have become more frequent and more severe,” said ALC Executive Director Shawn Keough. “Our logging contractors and crews are usually close by and can provide initial attack before others can even arrive thus putting out fires or keeping them small and controlled. They also have the skills and equipment to continue working on containing a fire.”
IDL’s new training portal is available at https://www.idl.idaho.gov/fire-management/fire-training-for-loggers-and-industrial-foresters/
Pro-Logger Continuing Credits
More classes and workshops are being scheduled and this list will be updated regularly. A note about credits: Generally, one credit is given for each hour of instructional time. Credit is not given for non-instructional time (i.e. driving time or meals, unless accompanied with a presentation).
Ongoing – Blueprint Reading for Welders: Virtual course at North Idaho College. Information: (208) 769-3214 or www.nic.edu/wtc
Ongoing – Falcon Forestry Equipment Grapple Carriage Webinar Series: Virtual course. Information: https://www.falconforestryequipment.com/ffe-grapple-carriage-webinar-series
5/20 – Northwest Management RT-130 Fire Refresher Training: Moscow. Information: (208) 310-0320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
5/20 – Know Your Fuels, Know Your Fire: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heyburn State Park. Information: www.idahorxfire.org
6/7 – Know Your Fuels, Know Your Fire: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cascade. Information: www.idahorxfire.org
6/8 – Inland Forest Management RT-130 Annual Fire Refresher Training: Ponderay. Information: (208) 263-9420 or email Amber@inlandforest.com
6/16 – University of Idaho Forest Insect & Disease Field Day: Ponderosa Restaurant, Orofino. Information: (208) 476-4434 or www.uidaho.edu/clearwater-events
6/18 – Idaho Forest Owners Association Idaho Forest Owners Field Day: Pine Street Woods, Sandpoint. Information: (208) 640-6353 or https://www.idahoforestowners.org
7/6 – Know Your Fuels, Know Your Fire: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pocatello. Information: www.idahorxfire.org
7/9 – University of Idaho Landscaping for Fire Prevention: Blanchard Community Center. Information: (208) 263-8511
This list is updated monthly. Please call the ALC office for a complete and up-to-date list: (208) 667-6473 or (800) 632-8743.
Logger First Aid & Safety Training
OSHA and the State of Idaho Logging Safety Regulations require that all workers in the woods participate in Logger First Aid & Safety Training every year. This class is also a required component of the Idaho Pro-Logger continuing education program as well. Questions? Call (208) 667-6473.
UPDATE: If you would like to be notified if any additional classes are going to be held, please feel free to email Jolene at email@example.com, with your name, company name, and nearest city/town. We will let you know if we hold any additional classes. Thank you for your interest and participation!
LEAP Update Training
(Logger Education to Advance Professionalism)
No classes scheduled at this time. Call (208) 885-7718 for details or watch this website for updates.