How do I Volunteer to do Prescribed Fire with MRCP?
The following MRCP Fire Crew training and equipment description is new. There will be a three-year transition period ending in December 2020.
Training for Prescribed Fire Volunteers
To work the fire line, drive pumper units, spray water, or do ignition, the following courses are required:
All MRCP fire crew will be encouraged to seek other training and experience opportunities.
A person short on formal training can be on a fire as a Trainee if they are paired with a mentor and share that person’s task on the fire.
All fire crew will sign a one time MRCP liability waiver.
Fire crew members will have reasonable physical fitness, and be able to perform the functions of a typical fire crew member. For those less physically fit, other positions they might do are a fire observer, fire sitter, smoke lookout, community liaison, food or drinks provider, or help set up or maintain fire equipment.
Only the President of the MRCP can designate a MRCP Burn Boss. A Burn Boss for MRCP will be typically be carded with IL DNR as a Prescribed Burn Manager. Additional training and experience will be encouraged.
Annual Safety Review
Annually, MRCP will host a safety review. MRCP fire crew will attend this safety review or attend one with another agency as approved by the Fire Coordinator or Burn Boss.
Who Do I Contact to Volunteer?