AA WFDSS Refresher(s)

Training Recommendations

This document is a reference for individuals putting together annual WFDSS training refreshers for Agency Administrator; the Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book) Appendix N recommends a 2 hour refresher. The training recommendations provided in this document are not new but highlight the important topics and what is available.

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2022 Agency Administrator WFDSS Refresher

This recorded 2022 Agency Administrator Refresher and Hot Topics webinar covers a variety of topics intended to help prepare Agency Administrators for the upcoming fire season. Watching it serves as a 1-hour WFDSS refresher for 2022. Document this at your local unit as needed; WFDSS or the WFM RD&A do not provide certificates for watching videos.

Handouts and Presentations from the 2022 AA WFDSS Refresher

Additional AA WFDSS Refresher Materials

Analytics for Fire Support in 2021
Wildland Fire Decision Support Tools; a Guide for AAs (updated 3/2019)
WFM RD&A YouTube channel
WFDSS YouTube channel (Find refresher videos from previous years here)



Announcing 2023 Agency Administrator Refresher Webinar
Save the Date: March 29, 2023 12-2pm (Mountain Time)

Join us for our annual refresher on WFDSS and other fire management topics for agency administrators. This session serves as a WFDSS refresher for agency administrator certification/qualification requirements. Registration is required for this webinar. The link is provided below. For any questions about the session, registration, or accessibility accommodations, please email rick.mowery@usda.gov.

Registration link

*New this year! If you need a completion certificate to prove your attendance to the live 2023 refresher webinar or from watching the recording, you can obtain one within the Wildland Fire Learning Portal: https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/course/view.php?id=1990 

Rare Opportunity for Free Communication Help on Your Project!

Wildland Fire Management RD&A (WFM RD&A) is sponsoring two ABT Narrative Gym sessions that are open to anyone and everyone. Dr. Randy Olson, founder of the ABT (And-But-Therefore) Framework, is generously offering the sessions to support our work in wildland fire. This renowned narrative framework has been implemented by federal agencies, The World Bank, Pfizer, and numerous non-profits. More information can be found at: http://abtframework.com/

Although the gym sessions will focus on wildland fire topics, Randy will provide an overall introduction of the ABT Framework and the narrative structure he teaches is applicable to any topic. Simply attend to watch and learn as an observer of the session or let Randy and his team of ABT builders help you tackle a real communication challenge you face.

Attend one or both sessions for free!
4/5/2023 from noon-1330 (Mountain Time)
4/19/2023 from noon-1330 (Mountain Time)

Would you just like to attend and observe? Use this zoom link to join (passcode 335072) or email alison.mims@usda.gov to ask for an .ics file you can add to your outlook calendar.

Would you like to “Win the ABT Narrative Gym Lottery!” and submit your wildland fire communication topic for consideration to be discussed during one of the sessions? Fill out this form to be considered and you will be contacted ahead of time if chosen.   

There is no catch to this offer… numerous staff are currently undertaking an ABT Framework training course, and because it has proven so valuable, we would like to share this opportunity with anyone interested. Please join us!