FI-110, Wildland Fire Observations & Origin Scene Protection for First Responders
Course Length: 6 hrs
Course Description:
The primary emphasis of this course is to teach sound wildland fire observations and origin scene protection practices that enable first responders to a wildland fire scene to perform proper origin scene protection procedures. The course is presented by short lectures, electronic presentations, exercises, and class discussion.

Course Prerequisites:

  • None
FI-210, Wildland Fire Origin & Cause Determination
Course Length: 40 hrs
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.

Course 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
ICS 300 Intermediate ICS
Course Length: 24 hrs
Course Description:
The Incident Command System, or ICS, is a standardized, on-scene, all-risk, incident management concept. ICS is the result of decades of lessons learned in the organization and management of emergency incidents. It is a proven management system based on successful business practices.

Course Prerequisites:

  • ICS-200
ICS-400: Advanced ICS
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
Emphasizes large-scale organizational development, roles and relationships of the command and general staff, and planning, operational, logistical and fiscal considerations related to large and complex incident and event management. The course also describes the application of Area Command and the importance of interagency coordination on complex incidents and events The target audience for the course is all personnel who serve in ICS Command and General Staff positions.

Course Prerequisites:

  • ICS-300
L-280, Followship to Leadership
Course Length: 20 hrs
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.

Course 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
M-410, Faciliative Instructor
Course Length: 35 hrs
Course Description:
This training course is designed to help students become effective facilitative instructors. The purpose of this course is to improve training delivery and 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.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
RT-130, Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training
Course Length: 8 hrs
Course Description:
Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training should be 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. Individual sessions of Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training should contain content pertinent to the registered students.

Course Prerequisites:

  • None
RX-301, Prescribed Fire Implementation
Course Length: 24 hrs
Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce students to the tools and techniques used to perform in the role of a prescribed fire burn boss. The course material is based on the tasks found in the position task book for prescribed fire burn boss. It leads the student through the duties and responsibilities associated with the position of the prescribed fire burn boss including evaluation and implementation of a prescribed fire plan.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as a firing boss (FIRB) and incident commander type 4 (ICT4)
  • Introduction to Fire Behavior Calculations (S-390)
  • Proficient in the use of BehavePlus
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
RX-310, Introduction to Fire Effects
Course Length: 32 hrs
Course Description:
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and communicate the relationships between basic fire regimes and first order fire effects, the effects of fire treatments on first order fire effects, and to manipulate fire treatments to achieve desired first order fire effects.

In an effort to maintain the currency and relevancy of the course materials for Introduction to Fire Effects, RX-310 the instructional design has been modified to allow instructors to develop materials based on current information, changing technologies, and the needs of the students.

There are no official pre-course materials for the course. Pre-course work can be created and distributed at the discretion of the cadre. The purpose of any pre-course work used for the course should be to ensure students have an adequate skill level or access to information to be successful in the instructor led portion of the training or to gather information about students such as previous experience with the subject matter.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Working knowledge of fire behavior and understanding of basic ecological principles
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
RX-341, Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation
Course Length: 32 hrs
Course Description:
The purpose of RX-341, Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation, is to provide students with the skills/knowledge to prepare a prescribed fire plan for technical review and approval in accordance with the Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Reference Guide.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations (S-390)
  • Proficient in the use of BehavePlus
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
In addition to the above:
  • Fire personnel must be qualified as incident commander type 4 (ICT4).
  • Resource personnel must have knowledge of fire suppression principles and techniques.
  • Students desiring to take both RX-341 and RX-301 (Prescribed Fire Implementation) will benefit from taking RX-341 first
S-130, Firefighter Training/S-190, Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior
Course Length: 40 hrs
Course Description S-130:
This course is designed to provide entry level firefighters 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 L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline, has been included as part of this course. Credit should be issued for both S-130 and L-180 upon completion of this course.
Course Description S-190:
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.

Course Prerequisites:

  • I-100
S-131, Firefighter Type 1 /S-133, Look Up, Look Down, Look Around
Course Length: 12 hrs
Course Description S-131:
Firefighter Type 1, S-131, is an eight-hour course designed to meet the training needs of the Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives and class discussion. Topics include fireline reference materials, communications, and tactical decision-making.
Course Description S-133:
This course is designed to train Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) and Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) to identify environmental factors and indicators of hazardous fire conditions, and how to use these indicators when implementing the Risk Management Process. The course is CD-based classroom course, based on facilitated exercises.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as a firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)
S-134, LCES
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
Students become engaged in the process of designing their own safety program. The small groups will discuss and develop the L, C, E, and S, creating a list of performance standards. The entire class will then work together to produce and edit a contract, based on consensus, which guides performance.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-200, Initial Attack Incident Commander
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
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 Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as any single resource boss
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-203, Introduction to Incident Information
Course Length: 30 hrs
Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to serve as public information officers (PIOF). The course covers establishing and maintaining an incident information operation, communicating with internal and external audiences, working with the news media, handling special situations, and long term planning and strategy.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-211, Portable Pumps & Water Use
Course Length: 16 hrs
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.

Course Prerequisites:

  • None
S-212, Wildland Fire Chain Saws
Course Length: 32 hrs
Course Description:
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 Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as a firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-215, Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface
Course Length: 30 hrs
Course Description:
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 Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as a firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)
S-219 Firing Operations (Blended)
Course Length: 24 hrs

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 prior to taking the ILT. The course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a firing boss (FIRB) and outlines duties of other personnel who may engage 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 Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as a firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)
S-230, Crew Boss (Single Resource)
Course Length: 24 hrs

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.

Course 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)
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
This 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 Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as a firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)
  • Successful completion of Crew Boss, Single Resource (S-230)
S-236, Heavy Equipment Boss (Single Resource)
Course Length: 24 hrs
Course Description:
This is a skill course designed to meet the training needs of a Heavy Equipment Boss on an incident as outlined in the PMS 310-1 and the Position Task Book 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 Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-244, Field Observer
Course Length: 20 hrs
Course Description:
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 4 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 (NFES 2865).

Course Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290)
  • 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)
S-260, Interagency Incident Business Management
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
This course meets the general training needs of all positions for which an understanding of interagency incident business management is required. The Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook, PMS 902, is used as the primary job aid to supplement this course. It provides basic policy and direction for incident business management.

Course Prerequisites:

  • None
S-261, Applied Interagency Incident Business Management
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
This is an instructor led course designed for entry-level finance positions. The format is a mix of exercises, facilitated group discussions, and lecture supported by PowerPoint presentations. Students work directly from the Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook for most of the exercises. S-261 is designed to be taken after completion of S-260, Interagency Incident Business Management.

Course Prerequisites:

  • None
S-270, Basic Air Operations
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
This course covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas. Note: The regulations, procedures and policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency and ICS operations. State, county, or other political subdivisions using this course will need to consult their agency having jurisdiction with respect to regulations, procedures and policies.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
Course Length: 32 hrs
Course Description:
This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective fireline supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. It is the second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills. Fire environment differences are discussed as necessary; instructor should stress local conditions.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190)
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-300, Extended Attack Incident Commander
Course Length: 24 hrs
Course Description:
This course is designed to meet the training needs of the incident commander type 3 (ICT3). The focus is on the lessons of leadership and command as they relate to the ICT3 position. It is presented in participative lecture format with multiple tactical decision games for students to practice new knowledge. The seven instructional units cover Foundation Skills, Situational Awareness, Command and Control, Managing the Incident, Transitional Activities, Post-Fire Activities and a Final Simulation.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as incident commander type 4 (ICT4) and task force leader (TFLD)
  • OR
  • Qualified as an ICT4 and as a strike team leader and any two single resource boss positions - one must be crew (CRWB) or engine (ENGB)
  • Successful completion of pre-course work
S-330, Task Force/Strike Team Leader
Course Length: 22 hrs
Course Description:
This course is 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. Most examples and exercises in this package are specific to wildland fire suppression, although some all-hazards exercises are included.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as any single resource boss
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-339, Division/Group Supervisor
Course Length: 20 hrs
Course Description:
This course prepares students to perform in the role of division/group supervisor. It provides instruction in support of the specific tasks of the division/group supervisor, but will not instruct students in general management/supervision or in the incident command system (ICS), both of which the student should learn through prerequisite work. Topics include division/group management, organizational interaction, division operations, all-hazard operations, and tactical decision games (optional). There is a final examination in this course.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as task force leader (TFLD) OR Qualified as incident commander type 3 (ICT3)
    OR
  • Qualified as incident commander type 4 (ICT4) and any two strike team leader positions (one must be STCR or STEN)
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-359, Medical Unit Leader
Course Length: 20 hrs
Course Description:
This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed to perform in the role of medical unit leader (MEDL). Topics include gathering information, organizing the medical unit, supervising the unit, evaluation, documentation, and demobilization.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Current certification as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or equivalent
S-390, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
Course Length: 32 hrs
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.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290)
  • Qualified as a single resource boss
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work
S-430, Operations Section Chief
Course Length: 24 hrs
Course Description:
This course is designed to meet the training needs of the operations section chief type 2 (OSC2). This course is designed to be interactive in nature and contains several exercises designed to facilitate group and classroom discussion.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as a division/group supervisor (DIVS)

ATV/UTV Certification
Course Length: 8 hrs
Course Description:
The ATV and UTV courses are designed to provide driver development in the areas of skill development and risk management strategies. The courses will give students a better understanding of pre-ride safety checks, basic off-highway driving skills, and safe driving practices . This is a one day class that will include closed course driving exercises and trail experiences. Upon successful completion each student will receive a course completion card from the Recreational Off-highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) national office.

Course Prerequisites:

  • None
Social Media
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
Over the last couple years, incident managers have begun to recognize how crucial social media (SM) and e-tools are in communicating effectively with the public and news media. These tools will be key components of successful incident communications as audiences continue to expect more information, faster. This course is geared toward Public Information Officers, Public Affairs Officers, and other information specialists. Many of the examples and exercises will revolve around an Incident Management Team responding to a wildfire. We will touch on the many aspects of each of the tools from establishing accounts to handling special situations; however, the world of social media is far too vast to cover comprehensively in such a short time. For this course to be beneficial, students must continue researching and practicing the various SM tools.

Course Prerequisites:

  • None
Fireline Medical Provider
Course Length: 32 hrs
Course Description:
All-Hazard Medical Solutions presents this 4 day course addressing the essential knowledge and skills for EMTs and Paramedics to function effectively on wildland fires and all risk incidents. This course represents the most advanced training available for operating as a medical provider on the fireline. Wilderness medical theory is addressed, but medical skills are not the foundation of this program. Experiential education is utilized to engage students. Day 4 of class consists of multiple field based scenarios. Full PPE is required for field work.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Certified EMT or Paramedic
Basic Land Navigation
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
Basic Land Navigation is an introduction to land navigation. It begins with a general overview of maps. Then it specifically addresses how to read topographic maps. Next it covers various types of geographic locations systems, such as longitude/latitude and Universal Transverse Mercator(UTM). This is followed by basic instructions on using a compass and clinometer. Then a general overview of the Global Positioning System is presented.

Course Prerequisites:

  • None
Fireline Mobile Technology
Course Length: 8 hrs
Course Description:
This course is a hands-on introduction to the use of mobile tools and applications that a firefighter, crewboss or supervisor (both federal and state/other) will be exposed to and expected to use on an emergency incident. The course will cover both the basic use and tips/tricks for each application. These are the applications that are currently being utilized for incident data collection, map display and tracking, and incident data that is available on the web. This course will utilize tablets and smartphones running both the Apple and Android platform.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of tablet or smart phone use
Strategic Response to Crisis
Course Length: 16 hrs
Course Description:
This course will present essential information for the assessment of both crisis situations and the effects of critical incidents on people involved in those situations. Participants will learn to create an effective plan of action to assist those in crisis and participate in exercises designed to sharpen assessment and crisis planning skills. Strategic planning and tactical decision making will be emphasized and rationales for choosing one set of crisis intervention processes over another.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Basic Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support & Group Crisis Intervention (CISM)

Registration:

Program Highlights:

  • Strategic planning as it applies to crisis intervention
  • National Incident Management System and crisis intervention
  • Elements of effective planning, steps in developing the plan, planning process in assessing target populations
  • Determining the type, timing and resources necessary
  • Assisting large numbers of people involved in a crisis, the most important crisis intervention tactics
  • Managing a complicated or large scale crisis event
Adv Critical Incident Stress Mgt
Peer Group Leader
Course Length: 20 hrs
Course Description:
The Advanced Group Crisis Intervention builds on the knowledge base which was obtained through the Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support & Group Crisis Intervention but focuses on crisis intervention involving fatalities, Line of Duty Death (LODD) etc. Advanced defusings and debriefings in complex critical incident situations will be emphasized along with consequences of traumatic stress after a fatality. Designed for law enforcement, fire, aviation, and agency personnel who will be trained to identify ways to support their peers who have experienced fatalities/line of duty death.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Basic Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support & Group Crisis Intervention (CISM)

Registration:

Program Highlights:

  • Group exercises on how to manage complex crisis interventions after a fatality
  • Elements of effective planning, steps in developing the plan, planning process in assessing target populations
  • The course will provide information about coordination and interaction with Coordinated Response Protocol (CRP), Serious Accident Investigations (SAI) multiple incidents, etc.
  • The Advanced Course includes a four hour "Critical Incident Peer Support Group Leader" Unit on Friday March 17 from 0800-1200.