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Climbing the Ladder: New Programs for First Responders

ENMU-Ruidoso is pleased to offer a Certificate of Completion and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Wildland Fire Science. The Certificate of Completion is a one year program preparing students to pursue employment with private, municipal, state or federal wildland firefighting organizations.


The Associate of Applied Science Degree, a two year-program is also designed to prepare students for entry into a career in wildland firefighting with private, municipal, state or federal wildland firefighting organizations. It includes basic and intermediate wildland fire suppression strategies, a foundation of forest science courses, as well as general education requirements. Both programs provide a stepping-stone to advance training in wildland fire suppression strategies and fireline leadership. 


All technical coursework provided at ENMU-Ruidoso is endorsed and recognized by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pecos Zone Board in Southeast New Mexico. In addition to formal college credit, official NWCG certificates will be issued upon completion of coursework. These will transfer for credit with all Federal Land Management agencies, State Agencies and Municipal Fire Departments.



Scholarship Opportunities
Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy First Responder Scholarship Application


Click on the links below to view program requirements.

Wildland Fire Science CC
Certificate Pathway
Wildland Fire Science Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure


Wildland Fire Science AAS
Degree Pathway


Wildland Fire Crosswalk (Credit for Prior Learning)

Wildland Fire Student Checklist


Click above to visit the Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy website


Wildland Fire Career Links 



Advising is a shared partnership between the student and advisor that maximizes the academic success of students by sharing information, tools and resources. This will empower students to make informed decisions to create appropriate academic and career plans to achieve their academic, career and life goals. Academic Advisors assist students to develop course schedules, ensure course selections are appropriate for each student's academic plan, monitor degree requirements and academic progress. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss your degree plan, course options and/or overall information. Early advising sessions are encouraged to prepare for the next term's registration period.


The Wildland Fire Science Program pathways were designed to offer a clear path for students to follow from beginning of the program through the completion of program towards graduation.


Medical/Accidental Injury Insurance Notice:  ENMU-Ruidoso does not provide medical insurance for students. ENMU-Ruidoso students are encouraged to obtain their own medical insurance for any illness, accident or injury that might occur during the span of this course. Visit to shop for, compare costs and coverage benefits, and enroll in insurance coverage.


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Or call Student Services at 575-257-2120