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S-130 Firefighter Training

Online course offered through NWCG

This course is designed to provide entry-level firefighter skills. Field time is encouraged, and many of the units are set up so they can be taught in either the classroom or in the field. The field exercise for Unit 12 is required.

Course Content

  • Knowledge of LCES
  • Constructing firelines to required standards using various methods.
  • Standard Firefighting Orders
  • Extinguishing fire with or without the use of water
  • Safely completing assignments in a wildfire environment

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

A field exercise for Unit 12 is required for certification. Field Manager’s Guide can be found here

  • Online Training – 30 Hours

  • Field Training – 5 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

S-190 – Wildland Fire Behavior

S-131 Firefighter Type 1 Training

Online course offered through NWCG

S-131, Firefighter Type 1 is designed to meet the training needs of the Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) and/or Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5).  Topics include operational leadership, communications, LCES, and tactical decision-making.

Course Content

  • Identify position responsibilities
  • Principles of Operational Leadership
  • Maintaining open lines of communication with appropriate personnel
  • Identify Look Up, Down and Around indicators
  • Applying tactical decision-making procedures

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

This class is only available as instructor led (classroom) training. The course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains class discussion and several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives. Upon completion of the ILT, students must then take and pass a final assessment to receive credit for the course.

  • Instructor-led class time – 12 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

S-190 – Wildland Fire Behavior

S-190 - Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

Online course offered through NWCG

This course provides instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. S-190 is typically taught in conjunction with or prior to Basic Firefighter Training, S-130. S-190 is the first course in a five course sequence [S-190, S-290S-390S-490S-590] developing wildland fire behavior prediction skills and knowledge.

Course Content

  • Identify and discuss the three sides of the fire triangle
  • Identify the environmental factors of fuels, weather and topography that affect the start and spread of wildland fire
  • Describe the contributing factors that indicate the potential for increased fire behavior that may compromise safety

Additional Information

Course Materials

Student Task Books

Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)

Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP)

Public Information Officer (PIOF)

Staging Area Manager (STAM)

Course Format/Time

This Course is required for Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2), Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP), Public Information Officer (PIOF), and Staging Area Manager (STAM).

NOTE:  Be sure to check agency-specific guidelines; some agencies may have different requirements.

  • Online Course Time – 6-8 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

None

S-200 - Initial Attack Incident Commander

This course is designed to meet the training needs of the incident commander type 4 (ICT4). It is presented in a discussion/exercise format. The six instructional units include Foundation Skills; Intelligence Gathering and Documentation; Size Up the Incident; Develop a Plan of Action; Post-fire Activities; Evaluating Incident Objectives and Manage the Incident. Evaluation of the student is by unit tests and performance based evaluations.

Course Content

  • Demonstrate effective foundation skills (leadership, risk management, and communications) at the ICT4 level.
  • Gather and document essential information about the incident.
  • Size up the incident, develop plan of action.
  • Manage the incident through effective leadership.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate plan of action and make adjustments to the plan when necessary.
  • Conduct post-fire activities.

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

This course is required for Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).

  • Pre-selection assessment – 3 Hours
  • Instructor-led training – 13 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

Qualified as any single resource boss

Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment

S-203 - Introduction to Incident Information

Receive the skills and knowledge needed to serve as a public information officer. Topics include establishing/maintaining an incident information operation, communicating with internal/external audiences, working with the media, handling special situations, and long-term planning/strategy.

Course Content

  • Students will demonstrate the skills and knowledge of a Public Information Officer (PIOF) by successfully participating in a simulation and passing a written exam.

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

This course is required for Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).

  • Pre-selection assessment – 3 Hours
  • Instructor-led training – 30 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

S-211 - Portable Pumps and Water Use

This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills to design, setup, operate, troubleshoot, and shut down portable water delivery systems. The focus is on portable pumps – it does not address water delivery for engines. There is also a field exercise where students will apply what they learned in the classroom.

Course Content

  • Portable water delivery systems
  • Equipment
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • System design and hydraulics

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

  • Instructor-led training – 16-20 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

None

S-212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaws

This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course lessons provide introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Field exercises support entry level training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations.

Course Content

  • Define and apply chain saw safety standards as required by OSHA and agency handbooks, manuals, directives, and owner’s manuals.
  • Identify and demonstrate basic chain saw operation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and safety features.
  • Demonstrate the tactical application of chain saws in fireline construction and mop up operations.

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

  • Pre-course work – 1 Hour
  • Instructor-led training – 24-36 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

  • Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work

S-215 - Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface

This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. Instructional units include firefighter safety in the interface, managing human factors in the interface, pre-incident planning, sizeup and initial strategy, structure triage, structure protection overview, tactics in the interface, tactical operations and resource use in the interface, action assessment, plan update, and after action review.

Course Content

  • Understanding situation awareness
  • Performing structure triage
  • Using pre-planning tools
  • Basic understanding of fire behavior
  • Strategy and tactics unique to the wildland urban interface environment.

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

  • Instructor-led training – 16-24 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

  • Qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).

S-219 - Firing Operations

Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course prior to taking the ILT. The course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a Firing Boss, Single Resource (FIRB), and outlines duties of other personnel who may engage in firing operations. The course discusses and illustrates common firing devices and techniques. Although comprehensive in nature, the course work is not a substitute for the dynamic fire environment. The course provides students with important information regarding general tasks required to be successful. Any opportunity to show students a real ignition or demonstrate the use of an actual firing device will assist in transferring these new concepts and skills to the job. There is an optional field day outlined in the course, it is the discretion of the delivery unit to include the field day; however, if logistically feasible it is suggested by NWCG that a field day be conducted.

Course Content

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the FIRB for planning, execution, safety, coordination, and evaluation of an ignition operation on a wildland or prescribed fire.
  • Describe the characteristics, applications, safety and availability of the various firing devices a FIRB has at their disposal.
  • Given a wildland or prescribed scenario, prepare a firing plan and briefing that contains desired fire behavior, firing techniques, required resources, coordination, safety and risk management factors, and communication, to meet specific objectives.

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

  • Online Training – 2 Hours
  • Instructor-led training – 16-18 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

  • Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2).

S-230 - Crew Boss (Single Resource)

The Instructor-led classroom course is designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of duties associated with the single resource boss position from initial dispatch through demobilization to the home unit. Topics include operational leadership, preparation and mobilization, assignment preparation, risk management, entrapment avoidance, safety and tactics, offline duties, demobilization, and post incident responsibilities.

Course Content

  • Describe crew boss responsibilities prior to and during mobilization, on the incident, and during demobilization.
  • Identify the hazards and risks on various incidents and describe how to mitigate them.
  • Describe tactics which are appropriate to various wildland fire situations and procedures to implement them through the chain of command.

Additional Information

Course Description

As a blended approach to learning. Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course and pass an online assessment prior to taking the instructor-led training (ILT). The focus of the online training is to teach knowledge and concepts. The ILT will reinforce the content learned online and provide opportunities to apply this knowledge to real-world scenarios and practical exercises. Upon completion of the ILT, students must then take and pass a final assessment in order to receive credit for the course. The final assessment covers content from both the online and ILT portions of the course.

Course Format/Time

Offered as an Online Course OR a Blended Course

  • Online pre-course work – 2 Hours with 24 Hours of Online Training
  • Instructor-led training – 8 Hours with 16 Hours of Online training

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

  • Qualified as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).
  • Successful completion of Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290). 
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

S-231 - Engine Boss (Single Resource)

The Instructor-led classroom course is a skill course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of the duties associated with Engine Boss, Single Resource (ENGB). Topics include engine and crew capabilities and limitations, information sources, fire size up considerations, tactics, and wildland/urban interface.

Course Content

  • Perform the tasks of an Engine Boss in making the tactical decisions required to safely manage an engine on an incident.

Additional Information

Course Description

As a blended approach to learning. Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course and pass an online assessment prior to taking the ILT. The focus of this online training is to teach knowledge and concepts. The ILT will reinforce the content learned online and provide opportunities to apply this knowledge to real-world scenarios and practical exercises. Upon completion of the ILT, students must then take and pass a final assessment in order to receive credit for the course. The final assessment covers content from both the online and ILT portions of the course.

Course Format/Time

Offered as an Online Course OR a Blended Course

  • Blended Course – 6 Hours online and 6-10 Hours of Instructor-led training
  • Instructor-led training – 12-16 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

  • Qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).
  • Successful completion of S-230, Crew Boss (Single Resource) (CRWB) (instructor led or blended delivery).

S-236 - Heavy Equipment Boss

This is a skill course is designed to meet the training needs of a Heavy Equipment Boss, Single Resource (HEQB) on an incident as outlined in the NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System GuidePMS 310-1, and the position taskbook developed for the position. Primary considerations are tactical use and safety precautions required to establish and maintain an effective dozer operation. A field exercise is required as part of the course.

Course Content

  • Identify the administrative duties and procedures required of a HEQB.
  • Identify and demonstrate the heavy equipment inspection process and related duties of the HEQB.
  • Demonstrate the actions required of an HEQB to safely and effectively complete an assignment.
  • Discuss relevant information and methods for communication and tactics related to heavy equipment.
  • Identify the process of preparing for an all-hazard assignment.

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

  • Pre-Course work – 2 Hours
  • Instructor-led training – 18-22 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

  • Qualified as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

S-244 - Field Observer

This course provides students with the skills necessary to perform as a Field Observer (FOBS) and/or a Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO). Topics include roles and responsibilities of the FOBS and FEMO; how to make observations and document those observations; how to produce hand drawn and GPS field maps; and how to navigate using a compass and GPS. The navigation unit has 4½ hours of field exercises and the final field exercise is 8 hours. For pre-course work, students need to read and complete exercises in Basic Land Navigation, PMS 475.

Course Content

  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge to gather and report information for incident planning.

Additional Information

Course Materials

N/A

Course Format/Time

  • Pre-Course work – 8 Hours
  • Instructor-led training – 20 Hours

Continuing Education

N/A

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior.
  • Successful completion of pre-course work.
  • Basic understanding of how to use a GPS receiver.
  • FOBS: Qualified as any single resource boss.

            OR

  • FEMO: Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).

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