Jordan D. Pollack, Fire-EMS Training

wildland fire course

Wildland Courses

Wildland Fire School   
S-130, S-190, L-180, I-100

Course Length:  32 hours
This 32 hour program certifies personnel as wildland firefighters making them eligible to be ‘red carded’ for fires on federal lands upon successful completion of the arduous work capacity test (pack test) each year.  Topics covered include fireline safety, weather, topography, fire behavior, tool use and maintenance, hoselays, handline construction, urban interface, and a live fire suppression exercise.  Participants are required to successfully complete a written exam at the completion of the program for final NWCG certification.  Full wildland PPE is required for this program.

Wildland Fire Refresher
Course length:  8 hours
This 8 hour program is designed to give the line firefighter and officer a broad overview and annual update of numerous firefighting areas one may encounter on the wildland fireground. It exceeds the minimum requirements defined by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and includes ICS, Safety, Fireline Hazards, Weather, Sizeups,  Communication, Apparatus Placement, Fire Shelters, Fuels/Topography/Fire Behavior, Urban-Interface, Tools, Mopup, and more. Through classroom and practical application students receive a wide variety of education including live fire exercises.  Most of this program is conducted in the wildland environment utilizing classroom for AV segments including BLM fire refresher footage.
Full wildland PPE is required for this program, and a wildland engine is requested.

Initial Attack Sawyer 
Course Length: 16 hours
This program has been developed to instruct firefighters in the nationally accepted safety standards, maintenance and use of chain saws and their tactical application on the fireline.  Students learn and apply safety standards, incorporate the approved use, maintenance and function of personal protective equipment, identify basic chain saw parts, and learn field maintenance, tuning, and troubleshooting.  Practical exercises include tactical application of chain saws in brushing, limbing, and bucking for fireline construction and mopup operations. Participants receive a course certificate and card upon successful completion of the program.  This program is recognized by Northwest Region WA Department of Natural Resources for chainsaw operation.
Completion of pre-course reading material and full wildland PPE including chainsaw chaps, ear and eye protection are required.

Fire Operations in the Urban Interface      S-215
Course Length: 32 hours
This 32 hour program is designed to assist structural and wildand firefighters in making tactical decisions while confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements in the wildland urban interface.  Topics include interface awareness, size-up, initial strategy and incident action plans, structure triage, structure protection tactics, plan assessment and updates, public relations, and firefighter safety in the interface. Each afternoon of this 4 day program participants learn and practice interface skills and tactics, utilizing them in neighborhood scenarios the second weekend. Working as members of an engine strike team, engine crews are assigned to various homes to prep and/or protect. Participants receive an NWCG course certificate upon successful completion of a final written exam. Full wildland PPE is required for this program

wildland fire course participants

Engine Boss     S-231
Course Length: 8 hours
This course is the basic wildland engine officer foundation to qualify for “Engine Boss” on the incident qualification card (red card).  Included in this program are key elements of the S-230 Crew Boss course covering such areas as incident paperwork, firefighter injuries/logistics, and crew supervisory skills.  Areas covered include engine and crew capabilities, wildland size-ups and tactics, strategic decision-making, and wildland-urban interface.  Scenarios are used throughout the program to reinforce tactical decision-making skills.  Participants are required to successfully complete a written exam at the completion of the program for final NWCG certification.

Wildland Fireline Supervisor       S-131
Course Length: 8 hours
This one day program is focused on initial attack skills for the fire officer.   Topics include wildland size-ups, strategic decision-making, tactics, wildland-urban interface considerations, and wildland incident management. Throughout the day participants respond to real life wildland fire (video) scenarios to reinforce tactical decision-making skills.  Review of wildland engines and equipment along with recommendations is included as well. Participants receive an NWCG certificate upon successful completion. 

 

All Courses Meet or Exceed NWCG Standards
 and are Approved By NW Region WA-DNR

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