Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribal fire management programs subscribe to the training requirements developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). These requirements are published in the Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide which is updated as necessary.
After firefighters and fire managers complete training courses, gain qualifications, and perform on wildfires and prescribed burns, this information is stored in what is known as the Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS). IQCS is the system that produces firefighter “Red Cards”. These cards are like driver’s licenses in that the employee must possess one before they can participate in firefighting duties.
To develop qualifications, firefighters must take required training produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).