Wildfire Defense Systems (WDS) is a national leader in insurer wildfire services, combining professional wildfire consulting with federally-certified emergency response wildfire suppression services.
Founded in 2001 for U.S. Forest Service initial attack, suppression and mop-up services, the company added professional services support in 2005, and in 2008 initiated its insurer services programs for comprehensive wildfire loss prevention.
WDSed offers a wide range of NWCG-certified wildland training courses, from Basic Firefighter to Crew Boss/Engine Boss, including the Fireline Safety Refresher course. Classes take 1-5 days, depending on the certification level sought, and are conducted at our training facility in Bozeman, MT.
Payment is expected at the time of application, unless arrangements are made to invoice agency or fire department. Companies/Agencies are allowed to transfer enrollment to another student one time. A fee of $75 is charged for cancelling a class registration entirely at least one month prior to class dates. Later than one month no refund will be issued.
The on-staff instructors at Wildfire Defense Systems are specialists in Insurance Resources response, providing leadership and oversight to the largest private fleet of wildfire response engines in the nation. Their Wildland Urban Interface experience is diversified as all cadre have been members of Fire Departments and US Agencies. They bring over 140 years combined experience to the classes, ensuring participants will gain valuable real-world insight from hotshots, engine bosses, and incident commanders.
Basic Firefighter (S-110, L-180, S-130, S-190): April 23-27
Crew Boss/Engine Boss (S-230-231): April 9-11
Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290): April 2-5
Fireline Safety Refresher (RT-130) and Work Capacity
Test (WCT): April 19, 2018 or May 10
*All courses will be held in Bozeman, Montana.
This course is designed to train entry-level firefighters for the Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) level. Course includes S-110 - Basic Wildland Fire Orientation, L-180 - Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service, S-130 – Firefighter Training, S-190 – Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, and will include the Work Capacity Test (WCT) for those who have no limiting factors on the Health Screening Questionnaire (HSQ) or have received clearance to participate.
Identify position responsibilities and demonstrate the ability to apply principles of Operational Leadership found in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG; PMS 461). Describe how to incorporate and maintain open lines of communication with appropriate personnel, and identify documentation responsibilities. Identify Look Up, Down and Around indicators and demonstrate the ability to apply the components of Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (LCES) as described in the IRPG. Demonstrate the ability to apply tactical decision making procedures.
S-230 - 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. Prerequisites: Qualified as firefighter type 1 (FFT1), successful completion of Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290), satisfactory completion of pre-work
S-231 - 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 sizeup considerations, tactics, and wildland/ urban interface. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Crew Boss, Single Resource (S-230).
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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190). Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.
Yearly requirements for Red Card currency.
Brett brings 24 years of wildland fire experience to the WDS table, and the classroom. He is a former Fuels Specialist, AFMO, Engine Boss, Hotshot, and a firefighter with the US Forest Service. He is red carded as FFT2, FFT1, ENGB, CRWB, STCR, TFLD, DIVS, ICT4, ICT3, and RXB2. He completed the Facilitative Instructor course in 2005
Eric is WDS’ Senior Fire Officer and oversees our field/fire resources. Eric has 25 years of wildland fire experience and is a former Station Foreman of a multiagency fire station with state, county, and federal resources. He is currently qualified as an ICT3, Task Force Leader, Strike Team Leader, Engine Boss, Crew Boss, and Prescribed Fire Burn Boss.
Firefighter - 10 Years
Engine Boss - 4 Years
Instructor - 5 Years
Firefighter - 20 Years
Engine Boss - 11 Years
Instructor - 13 Years
Firefighter - 20 Years
Engine Boss - 14 Years
Instructor - 3 Seasons
Firefighter - 13 Years
Engine Boss - 10 Years
Instructor - 4 Years
Firefighter - 10 Years
Engine Boss - 1 Years
Crew Boss - 11 Years
Instructor - 3 Years
Firefighter - 14 Years
Engine Boss - 7 Years
Instructor - Over 60 Courses
Contact Brett or Eric at WDStraining@wildfire-defense.com
or 406-586-5400 ext. 8701