Pennsylvania Forest Fire Wardens
Forest Fire Wardens have been
engaged in forest fire protection work in Pennsylvania for more than 100
years. Their authority and responsibility is established by legislative
mandate and their work is guided by policy and practice.
Properly trained local forest fire
wardens are appointed primarily to detect, extinguish, and investigate
wildfires. Wardens actively promote fire prevention in their community.
They may be assigned other duties, such as serving as a patrolman or watchman.
Fire wardens are expected to assemble and train a crew of wildland firefighters
that are available to respond, under their direction, to wildland fires in the
The need for the appointment of a
local forest fire warden is determined by the district forest fire
warden. When an individual is identified as a candidate, they are
provided with an overview of the local district protection program and are
assisted in acquiring the training and experience necessary prior to their
Becoming a Pennsylvania Forest Fire Warden
If you are interested in becoming a
Pennsylvania Forest Fire Warden, or are interested in wildland firefighter
training and becoming a volunteer wildfire fighter, contact your local forest