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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
D-310: Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher
S-230: Crew Boss (Single Resource)
S-231 Engine Boss (Single Resource) (Blended)
L-280: Followership to Leadership
S-336: Tactical Decision Making in Wildland Fire
S-390: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
RT-130: Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training
Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)


S-130 / S-190 / L-180: Basic Fire Fighter
Begins: 0800 Saturday, June 6
Ends: 1700 Tuesday, June 9

Course Fee: (for S-130/S-190/L-180) $210.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals

Pack test will be held 1700 Sunday, June 7 - you must register to participate!


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 10
Ends: 1600 Friday, June 12

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: $165.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-212, Wildland Fire Chain Saws
Begins: 0800 Saturday, June 6
Ends: 1600 Tuesday, June 9

Preface: As of December 2014, the Wildland Fire Chain Saws, S-212, is now a required National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course for individuals desiring to be qualified as a Basic Faller (FAL3) in the National Interagency Incident Management System: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1). It is a suggested course for individuals desiring to be qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB) in the National Interagency Incident Management System: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1).

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 Basic Faller (FAL3), Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB).

This course is suggested training for individuals who use chain saws in their NWCG wildland firefighting positions. It provides basic instruction in chain saw use for tactical fireline applications.

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: $220.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-215: Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)
Begins: 0800 Tuesday, June 9
Ends: 1700 Saturday, 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: $220.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



FI-210: Wildland Fire Origin & Cause Determination
Begins: 0800 Monday, June 8
Ends: 1700 Friday, June 12

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.
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: $220.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



D-310: Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher
Begins: 1200 Monday, June 8
Ends: 1200 Friday, June 12

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students to accomplish the duties and responsibilities of an expanded dispatch support dispatcher (EDSD). Through hands-on exercises that utilize the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS), students will organize, plan, and implement a dispatch area to meet the needs of the incident(s); follow established policies and procedures using resource orders and supplemental forms, to mobilize, reassign, and demobilize resources; and demonstrate the ability to respond to changing priorities and situations.

Objective:

  • Plan, organize, and implement a functional area to meet the needs of the incident.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact with other functional areas in an incident support organization.
  • Follow set established policies and procedures, utilize resource orders and supplemental forms to mobilize, reassign, and demobilize resources.
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond to changing priorities and situations within a functional area.

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

32-34

Total Hours 36-38

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as expanded dispatch support dispatcher (EDSD).

Pre-course work available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/d310/d310.html

Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as expanded dispatch recorder (EDRC).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.

Course Level: Regional, State, or area

Course Fee: $220.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-230: Crew Boss (Single Resource)
Begins: 1200 Monday, June 8
Ends: 1200 Thursday, June 11

Course Description: This is a classroom course 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

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

24

Total Hours 26

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as any single resource boss.

Pre-course work available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/s230/s230.html

Prerequisites:

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

Course Level: Local

Course Fee: $230.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals

Note: If taking both S-230 and S-231 classes, course fee is $275 total.
Get a $55 discount in tuition by entering the following discount code at checkout: COMBO231


S-231 Engine Boss (Single Resource) (Blended)
Begins: 1300 Thursday, June 11
Ends: 1200 Friday, June 12

Course Description: This 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 and personnel on an incident.

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

N/A

Pre-course work

2

Online training

6

Instructor-led training

6-10

Total Hours 12-16

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

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of S-230: Crew Boss (Single Resource) (instructor led or blended delivery)

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

Note: If taking both S-230 and S-231 classes, course fee is $275 total.
Get a $55 discount in tuition by entering the following discount code at checkout: COMBO231


L-280: Followership to Leadership
Begins: 0800 Tuesday, June 9
Ends: 1700 Wednesday, June 10

Course Description: This training course is designed as a self-assessment opportunity for individuals preparing to step into a leadership role. The course combines one day of classroom instruction followed by a second day in the field with students working through a series of problem solving events in small teams (Field Leadership Assessment Course). Topics include leadership values and principles, transition challenges for new leaders, situational leadership, team cohesion factors, ethical decisionmaking, and after action review techniques. Some course delivery may be arduous in nature.

Objective:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental leadership principles.
  • Students will assess their individual traits and motivation for entering into a leadership role.

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

16

Total Hours 20

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as a single resource boss.

Online training available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/L280/l280.html

Prerequisites:

  • Experience on incident assignments in operations or support functions.
  • Successful completion of Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level: Local

Course Fee: $165.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-336: Tactical Decision Making in Wildland Fire
Begins: 1300 Monday, June 8
Ends: 1200 Thursday, June 11

Course Description: This course is designed to meet training requirements in the Operations Section of the Incident Command System. Examples and exercises in this package are specific to wildland fire suppression.

Objectives:

  • Develop the knowledge and practice in decisionmaking necessary to effectively apply wildland fire suppression tactics.
  • Develop the tools for leadership in applying and teaching appropriate fire suppression tactics at their home unit.

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

24-34

Total Hours 26-34

Target Group: Designed primarily to prepare experienced single resource bosses and initial attack incident commanders (ICT4) in the tactics necessary at the strike team/task force leader level. Also valuable for operations supervisors qualified at higher management levels who have not received training in wildfire suppression tactics.

Online training available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/s336/s336.html

Prerequisites: Qualified as single resource boss or initial attack incident commander type 4 (ICT4).

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level: Regional, state, or area

Course Fee: $220.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



S-390: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
Begins: 1300 Monday, June 8
Ends: 1200 Friday, June 12

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce fire behavior calculations by manual methods, using nomograms and the Fire Behavior Handbook Appendix B. Students gain an understanding of the determinants of fire behavior though studying inputs (weather, slope, fuels, and fuel moisture). Students also learn how to interpret fire behavior outputs, documentation processes, and fire behavior briefing components.

Objectives:

  • List the assumptions, limitations, and appropriate uses of fire behavior prediction models.
  • Describe how environmental factors and processes affect fire behavior predictions and safety.
  • Define and interpret fire behavior prediction model inputs.
  • Calculate fire behavior outputs using available fire behavior processors.
  • Interpret, communicate, apply, and document wildland fire behavior and weather information.

Course Components and Hours to Complete:

Course Components

Hours to Complete

Pre-selection assessment

1

Pre-course work

3

Online training

N/A

Instructor-led training

32

Total Hours 36

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as division group supervisor (DIVS), prescribed fire burn boss type 2 (RXB2), or incident commander type 3 (ICT3).

Online training available here: http://training.nwcg.gov/pre-courses/S390/s390.html

Prerequisites:

  • Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290).
  • Qualified as any single resource boss.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.

Course Level: Regional, state, or area.

Course Fee: $220.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals



RT-130: Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training
Begins: 1200 Sunday, June 7
Ends: 1700 Sunday, June 7

Course Description: Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training is designed to provide up to date fireline safety information to employees holding Incident Command System qualifications requiring this training per the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide. This course is a combination of video presentations, discussion and a fire shelter practical exercise. Students should dress appropriately for outdoor weather conditions.

Objectives: There are four core components to the Annual Refresher Training that include:

  • Entrapment Avoidance - Use training and reference materials to study the risk management process as identified in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG) as appropriate to participants, e.g., LCES, Standard Firefighting Orders, Watch Out Situations, Wildfire Decision Support System direction, Fire Management Plan priorities.
  • Current Issues - Review and discuss current topics which could be based on the new modules or areas of concern identified by your agency or geographic area. Review forecasts and assessments for the upcoming fire season and discuss implications for firefighter safety.
  • Fire Shelter - Review and discuss last resort survival including escape and shelter deployment site selection. Conduct "hands-on" fire shelter inspections. Practice shelter deployments in applicable crew/module configurations. Wearing fireline personal protective equipment during fire shelter practice can enhance the learning experience for students.
  • Other Hazards and Safety Issues - Choose additional hazard and safety subjects, which may include SAFENET, current safety alerts, site/unit specific safety issues and hazards.

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

Varies

Total Hours Varies

Recommended Resourses:

Target Group: Personnel holding Incident Command System qualifications that require annual fireline safety refresher training per the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide.

Prerequisites: None

Course Level: Local

Course Fee: $20.00 (Early Registration) - Fee does not include lodging or meals

Note: The Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) is offered after the class for those pre-registered individuals with approval documentation. For more information about the Pack Test visit: /work-capacity-test-pack-test.html .

Work Capacity Test (Pack Test)
Begins: 1700 Sunday, June 7
Ends: 1800 Wednesday, December 31

Course Description: Useful information regarding the Pack Test can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/safety/wct/2002/pack_test_info_sheet.pdf.

General Information: There are four core components to the Annual Refresher Training that include:

  • For those individuals with approval documentation.
  • Participants must supply their own pack or weight vest appropriate to their level of testing (moderate or arduous).

Course Fee: $0

Prerequisite: Participants must pre-register online, and also supply email documentation to M.Rodger.Ozburn@wv.gov, course administrator, verifying that they have met the requirements to be eligible for this annual refresher and pack test.

Documentation of eligibility for refresher and pack test includes:

  • Administrative - provide a letter of need and approval from student's home unit, or a copy of most previous Incident Qualification Card (red card).
  • Training - provide a copy of their S-130 certificate (refreshers are only for individuals who have completed the basic courses).
  • Medical - provide a letter of medical clearance from student's home unit to participate in the pack test. If the individual is not affiliated with a wildland agency, they must request and complete a medical questionnaire in advance of the pack test.



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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