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S-130 / S-190 / L-180: Basic Fire Fighter
S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use
S-212, Wildland Fire Chain Saws
S-215: Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)
FI-210: Wildland Fire Origin & Cause Determination
M-410: Facilitative Instructor
S-231 Engine Boss (Single Resource) (Blended)
N-9018: Engine Operator (PMS-419)
S-234: Ignition Operations
S-330: Task Force/Strike Team Leader
I-300: Intermediate ICS
I-400: Advanced ICS


S-130 / S-190 / L-180: Basic Fire Fighter

Begins: 0800 Saturday, June 7
Ends: 1700 Tuesday, June 10

Course Fee: (for S-130/S-190/L-180) $160.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals

Pack test will be held 1700 Sunday, June 8

S-130: Firefighter Training

Course Description: 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 the field. The field exercise for Unit 12 is required. A version of the L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline, has been included as part of this course.

Objectives:

  • Explain what the LCES (Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes and Safety Zones) system is and how it relates to the Standard Firefighting Orders
  • Construct fireline to required standards using various methods
  • Strengthen, reinforce, and use holding actions on a fireline
  • Extinguish the fire with or without the use of water
  • Complete assigned tasks in a safe and efficient manner
  • Given an assignment in a wildfire environment, describe factors in that environment which could impact safety

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

I-100

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

30-35.5

Total Hours

30-35.5

Target Group: Entry-level

Prerequisites: I-100, Introduction to Incident Command System must be completed prior to taking this course. I-100 is a web-based course that can be taken at this site: http://training.nwcg.gov/courses/i100.html.

You must be connected to a printer to complete this course. Once you have completed the course, print out the certificate to present to the instructor of the course.

Course Level: Local

S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

Course Description: 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. It is designed to meet the fire behavior training needs of a firefighter type 2 (FFT2) on an incident as outlined in the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide and the position task book developed for the position.

Objectives:

  • 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

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

N/A

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

6-8

Total Hours

6-8

Prerequisites: None

Course Level: Local

L-180: Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service

Course Description: This training course is designed for unit-level supervisors to use when delivering orientation training to new crewmembers. Presentation of the course involves a few short lecture segments, but the primary content is delivered by video and supported with small group exercises. Topics include situation awareness, basic communication responsibilities, attitude and stress barriers, decision-making process, and teamwork principles.

Objective:

Students will demonstrate an understanding of their responsibilities to address human performance issues so they can integrate more effectively into crews/teams operating in high-risk, dynamic work environments

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

N/A

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

4

Total Hours

4

Prerequisites: None

Course Level: Local

Students must supply the following equipment:

  • work clothing (i.e. long pants and shirt)
  • lace-up boots
  • eye and ear protection
  • work gloves
  • hardhat

You will need these items for your field day of class.



S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use

Begins: 0800 Wednesday, June 11
Ends: 1600 Friday, June 13

Course Description: 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. Topics covered include: portable water delivery systems; equipment; roles and responsibilities; and system design and hydraulics. There is also a field exercise where students will apply what they learned in the classroom.

Objectives: Demonstrate knowledge and skills to design, set up, operate, troubleshoot, and shut down portable water delivery systems.

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

N/A

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

16-20

Total Hours

16-20

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 or Incident Commander Type 5 or those wanting to learn more about portable pumps and water use.

Prerequisites: None

Course Level: Local

Students must supply the following equipment:

  • Nomex pants and shirt
  • lace-up boots
  • eye and ear protection
  • work gloves
  • hardhat

You will need these items for your field day of class.

Course Fee: $160.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-212, Wildland Fire Chain Saws

Begins: 0800 Saturday, June 7
Ends: 1600 Tuesday, June 10

Course Description: This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course provides introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildfire 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.

Objectives:

  • List, define, and apply chain saw safety standards as required by OSHA and NWCG member agency manuals, handbooks and directives
  • Incorporate the approved use, maintenance, and function of personal protective equipment (PPE) in wildfire fire chain saw applications
  • Identify basic chain saw parts nomenclature, maintenance, tuning, troubleshooting, and safety features
  • Demonstrate field maintenance tasks required for chain saw operation
  • Demonstrate the tactical application of chain saws in brushing, limbing, bucking, and falling for fireline construction and mop up operations

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

1

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

24-36

Total Hours

25-37

Target Group: Individuals desiring to be qualified as firefighter type 1 (FFT1), incident commander type 5 (ICT5) or felling boss (FELB)

Pre-course work available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/s212/s212.html

Prerequisites: Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2) and satisfactory completion of pre-course work

Course Level: Local

Students must supply the following equipment:

  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment including saw chaps)
  • lace-up boots
  • eye and ear protection
  • work gloves
  • hardhat

You will be informed the first day of class when to wear these items.

Course Fee: $210.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-215: Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)

Begins: 0800 Tuesday, June 10
Ends: 1700 Friday, June 13

Course Description: This course is designed to assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface.

Instructional units include interface awareness, size-up, initial strategy and incident action plan, structure triage, structure protection tactics, incident action plan assessment and update, follow-up and public relations, and firefighter safety in the interface.

The course requires a minimum of 28 hours for completion. If the optional exercises at the end of the tactics unit are used or a field exercise is included additional course time is needed. Instructors are encouraged to extend the course to 32 hours and add a field exercise covering size-up, structure triage, tactics, and any other local area training as appropriate.

Objectives:

This course provides the student with the skills and knowledge to size-up a wildland/urban interface fire incident, evaluate the potential situation, order and deploy the necessary resources, and apply safe and effective strategy and tactics to minimize the threat to life and property.

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

N/A

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

28-32

Total Hours

28-32

Target Group: Wildland Fire Agencies: This course is required training for strike team leader (tractor/plow, dozer, engine, or crew) and is recommended training for initial attack incident commander type 4 (ICT4).

Structural Fire Departments: This training is appropriate for engine operators, chief officers, and company officers responsible for structure protection in suburban and urban interface areas that may be threatened by wildland fire.

Additionally, leaders from municipal planning, law enforcement and emergency management disciplines may find value in the course.

Prerequisites: Wildland Fire Agencies: Students must be Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) qualified.

Structural Fire Departments: Students should have completed Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180), Firefighter Training (S-130), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), and Firefighter Type 1 (S-131); or equivalent training.

Students attending this course must be knowledgeable of their agency firefighting policy as it relates to wildland/urban interface fires.

Course Level: Local

Course Fee: $210.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



FI-210: Wildland Fire Origin & Cause Determination

Begins: 0800 Monday, June 9
Ends: 1700 Friday, June 13

Course Description: The primary purpose of this course is to provide a consistent knowledge and skill base for the Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF). The concepts taught in this course will help an INVF perform at an acceptable level on a national basis without regard to geographic boundaries. The course is presented by lectures, electronic presentations, field exercises, and class discussion.

Objectives:

  • Identify the elements of the NWCG Fire Investigation Certification program.
  • Perform the common roles and responsibilities of an INVF involved in an initial investigation environment.
  • Practice Wildland fire investigation methods, evidence collection and documentation processes in a realistic environment.
  • Identify the laws, regulations and related court procedures associated with administrative, civil and criminal litigation processes.

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

2

Pre-course work

2

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

36

Total Hours

40

Target Group: Recommended training for experienced fire personnel and law enforcement officers with wildland fire investigation responsibilities.

Pre-course work available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/FI210/fi210.html

Prerequisites: Recommend students have law enforcement or firefighter experience. An interactive, self paced pre-course work will familiarize students with the background information necessary to successfully complete the course.

Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level: Local

Course Fee: $210.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



M-410: Facilitative Instructor

Begins: 0800 Monday, June 9
Ends: 1200 Friday, June 13

Course Description: This course is designed to help students become effective facilitative instructors. The purpose of this course is to improve training quality by presenting instructional methods with an emphasis on student-oriented adult training techniques. This course is designed for students to meet NWCG instructor requirements.

Objective:

  • Students will demonstrate effective facilitative instructor skills while giving three classroom presentations

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

4

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

36

Total Hours

40

Target Group: Personnel who will be teaching NWCG courses

Pre-course work available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/m410/m410.html

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of pre-course work

Course Level: Regional, State, or area

Course Fee: $210.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-231 Engine Boss (Single Resource) (Blended)

Begins: 0800 Tuesday, June 10
Ends: 1700 Tuesday, June 10

Course Description: This S-231 course was developed using a blended approach to learning, meaning that it contains a mix of online and instructor-led training (ILT). 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.

Objectives:

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

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

N/A

Online course module(s)

6

Instructor-led training

6-10

Total Hours

12-16

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as an engine boss, single resource (ENGB).

Pre-course work available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/courses/s231.html

Prerequisites:

  • Crew Boss, Single Resource(S-230).
  • Qualified as a firefighter type 1(FFT-1).

Course Level: Local

Course Access: (online Component) http://training.nwcg.gov/online.html

Course Fee: $100.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



N-9018: Engine Operator (PMS-419)

Begins: 0800 Wednesday, June 11
Ends: 1700 Friday, June 13

Course Description: This course addresses the standards, procedures, and techniques to be an engine operator on a wildland or prescribed fire. Field sessions are used throughout the course week, so it is assumed students will drive an engine to the course location. This course is designed to standardize "engine academies".

The Engine Operator Workshop (ENOP) has been designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of employees currently working in Engine Operator positions, and to provide a broader understanding of engine modules. The intent of the ENOP workshop is to teach the safe and effective use of engines in the wildland fire environment, and to provide an opportunity for hands-on training.

Engine modules make up the bulk of the Bureau’s suppression forces, and as such, the effective use of engines is critical for managing fires safely and efficiently during both initial and extended attack. In recent years, pre-season Readiness Reviews showed that levels of expertise and proficiency possessed by engine modules varied widely from one bureau or agency to another. This lack of continuity among agencies was attributed to a lack of standards, as well as a lack of uniform training within agencies. The challenge of improving quality and uniformity in training is addressed in yearly revisions made to the Standards for Fire and Aviation Operations Book. Standardized training has also been addressed with the development and implementation of the Engine Operator Training Package, the Engine Operator Task Book, and the Fire Maintenance Procedure and Record Book.

Objective:

  • Perform the correct vehicle and pump maintenance procedures on the engine.
  • Identify tasks to be considered by the engine operator during presuppression, suppression, and post fire operations.
  • Describe pump theory and operation.
  • Discuss various tactical operations that engines will be involved in.
  • Troubleshoot various mechanical problems encountered on engines.
  • Conduct ongoing risk assessment to identify hazardous situations and identify corrective actions to mitigate risk.
  • Identify equipment limitations and capabilities.

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

N/A

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

40

Total Hours

40

Target Group: Engine module members (2-3 Seasons) who are involved in engine operations

Prerequisites:

S-130, S-131, S-133, S-190, S-211, I-100, IS-700 & fully qualified as an FFT-1

Course Level: Local

Course Fee: $160.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-234: Ignition Operations

Begins: 0800 Monday, June 9
Ends: 1700 Tuesday, June 10

Course Description: This course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a firing boss (FIRB), common firing devices, and general firing operations and techniques. Although comprehensive in nature, the coursework is not a substitute for the dynamic fire environment. The course provides students with important information concerning general tasks required to be successful. Any opportunity to show students a small prescribed burn or demonstrate how devices operate in the field will promote transferring these new skills to the job. Due to the wide variety and capabilities of sponsors presenting this course, the field exercise portion of the class is not defined. Therefore, the cadre and sponsoring unit are responsible for planning field exercises and demonstrations in accordance with their capabilities.

Objectives:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the FIRB for planning, execution, safety, and coordination of an ignition operation on a wildland or prescribed fire.
  • Describe the specialized firing devices, their characteristics, applications, safety and transportation requirements, maintenance needs and availability.
  • Prepare a briefing that contains desired fire behavior, firing techniques, necessary resources, and risk management to meet wildland or prescribed fire objectives; emphasize safety, coordination, communication, and evaluation.
  • Course Components and Hours to Complete:

    Course Components

    Hours to Complete

    Pre-selection assessment

    N/A

    Pre-course work

    2

    Online training

    N/A

    Instructor-led training

    16

    Total Hours

    18

    Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as firing boss (FIRB).

    Pre-course work available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/s234/s234.html

    Prerequisites:

    • Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290).
    • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

    Course Level: Local

    Course Fee: $160.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-330: Task Force/Strike Team Leader

Begins: 0800 Wednesday, June 11
Ends: 1700 Friday, June 13

Course Description: This is a 24-hour course designed to meet the training requirements outlined in the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide and the position task books developed for the positions of task force leader and strike team leader. Examples and exercises in this package are specific to wildland fire suppression. If students are expected to perform in some other risk area, exercises and examples appropriate to the expected risk areas should be added.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the Risk Management Process found in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG) to various incidents.
  • Identify and describe the responsibilities of a Task Force/Strike Team Leader (TFLD/STL).
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate tactics in various incident situations with various resources organized into strike teams or task forces.

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

1

Pre-course work

1

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

24

Total Hours

26

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as a task force leader (TFLD) or any strike team leader (STPL, STDZ, STEN, or STCR).

Pre-course work available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/s330/s330.html

Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as any single resource boss.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level: Regional, state, or area.

Course Fee: $210.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



I-300: Intermediate ICS

Begins: 0800 Monday, June 9
Ends: 1700 Wednesday, June 11

Course Description: This course provides description and detail of the Incident Command System (ICS) organization and operations in supervisory roles on expanding or Type 3 incidents. Topics include: ICS fundamentals review, incident/event assessment and agency guidance in establishing incident objectives, Unified Command, incident resource management, planning process, demobilization, transfer of command, and close out. This course was developed in conjunction with the US Fire Administration (H465) and the Emergency Management Institute (G300). These courses are built on the same lesson objectives and content as the NWCG I-300 course and are interchangeable; they are all National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant.

Objectives:

  • Describe how the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents.
  • Describe the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by the Incident Command System (ICS).
  • Implement the incident management process on a simulated Type 3 incident.
  • Develop an Incident Action Plan (IAP) for a simulated incident.

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

N/A

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

18-24

Total Hours

18-24

Target Group: Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) candidates, incident middle management (Unit Leaders, Division/Group Supervisors, and Strike Team Leaders), elected officials, line officers, lead dispatchers, Multi-agency Coordination (MAC) members, director heads (public works director, fire chief, sheriff), emergency managers, agency representatives.

Prerequisites: ICS-200, Basic: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

Course Level: Regional, state, or area.

Course Fee: $160.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



I-400: Advanced ICS

Begins: 0800 Thursday, June 12
Ends: 1700 Friday, June 13

Course Description: This course directs the student towards an operational understanding of large single-agency and complex multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional incident responses. Topics include fundamentals review for command and general staff, major and/or complex incident/event management, area command, and multi-agency coordination.

There are several options for taking the ICS-400 course. The current NWCG instructor led course (I-400) will remain available in the PMS thru September 30, 2014. At that time the NWCG course will be discontinued and NWCG will transition to use of the FEMA course.

FEMA ICS-400: This course is only available for instructor led training. Instructors and course coordinators can download materials at http://www.training.fema.gov/AllHazards/. The login password can be obtained from your Geographic Area Training Representative (GATR) or from your State Training Officer (STO). GATR contact information can be found at http://www.nationalfiretraining.net/geographic_information. STO contact information can be found in the EMI Course Catalog located at http://www.training.fema.gov/EMICourses/EMICatalog.asp by searching for State Training Offices. Various numbers may be associated with this course depending on where it is being taught. NWCG members should issue NWCG certificates for ICS-400 when teaching this course.

Objectives:

  • Identify the incident management process of command and general staff functions during complex incidents as prescribed by the Incident Command System.
  • Describe implementation of the incident management process on a complex incident.
  • Describe the management and coordination process during multiple incidents.

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

N/A

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

16

Total Hours

16

Target Group: Senior personnel expected to perform in a management capacity in an area command/complex incident environment.

Prerequisites: ICS-300, Intermediate ICS: ICS for Supervisors and Expanding Incidents

Course Level: Regional, state, or area.

Course Fee: $150.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



For more details contact:
Sera Janson Zegre
MAWFTA & West Virginia University
Office: 304.293.0030
Email: sera.zegre@mail.wvu.edu
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