Wildfire Defense Systems

Wildfire Defense System's Fire Officers and Field Staff have provided National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWGC) courses and fire training since 2004. Our Instructors pull from a depth of field and fire science experience to provide trainees the knowledge they need to work and accomplish goals on the fire ground. Year after year, regional fire personnel and WDS employees return to attend Annual Fireline Refreshers, Basic Fire, Advanced Firefighter, Single Resource training sessions, and other NWCG courses.
Please contact WDS via email if you have any questions.

WDStraining Information

NWCG Training

WDStraining offers a wide range of NWCG-certified wildland training courses, from Basic Firefighter, Crew Boss/Engine Boss, Work Capacity Test, and the Fireline Safety Refresher course. Classes take 1-5 days, depending on the certification level sought, and are conducted at our facility in Bozeman, MT.

Course Cancellation Policy

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.

Experience and Professionalism

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.

Course Dates

All planned 2019 NWCG on-site training sessions have been cancelled. Please contact Brett Beagley or Eric Morris if you have NWCG training needs.

Course Descriptions

Course Dates

All planned 2019 NWCG on-site training sessions have been cancelled.

Please contact Brett Beagley or Eric Morris if you have NWCG training needs at WDStraining@wildfire-defense.com or 406-586-5400 ext. 8701

Basic Firefighter (S-130, S-190, L-180, S-110)

Work Capacity Test (WCT)

5 Days

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.

  • S-110 -Provides information on personal preparedness and responsibility, mobilization, incident procedures, proper clothing and equipment, and living conditions in wildland fire camps. ​
  • L-180 - Topics include situational awareness, basic communication responsibilities, attitude and stress barriers, decision making process, and teamwork principles.
  • S-130 - 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.
  • S-190 - Provides instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations.

**WDS has a limited number of WCT vests to loan to participants. It is highly recommended that participants bring their own vest or weighted pack.

Advanced Firefighter (S-131)

2 Days

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.

Crew Boss / Engine Boss (S-230-231)

5 Days

  • 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).

Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290)

4 Days

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.

Fireline Safety Refresher (RT-130) with WCT Session 1

6-8 Hours

Yearly requirements for Red Card currency.

Portable Pumps and Water Use (S-211)

3 Days

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.

team member

Brett Beagley

Fire Officer, Course Coordinator

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 completed the Facilitative Instructor course in 2005.

team member

Eric Morris

Senior Fire Officer

Eric is WDS’ Senior Fire Officer and oversees our field/fire resources. Eric has 28 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.

team member

Steve Gilson

Fire Officer​

Firefighter - 10 Years

team member

John Reinbolt

Field Training and Compliance Officer

Firefighter - 20 Years

team member

Ross Filmore

Field Training and Compliance Officer

Firefighter - 20 Years

team member

Brad Hillous

Engine Boss​

Firefighter - 11 Years

team member

Mike Wentink

Engine Boss​

Firefighter - 22 Years

team member

David Clark

Engine Boss​

Firefighter - 10 Years


Contact Brett or Eric at WDStraining@wildfire-defense.com
or 406-586-5400 ext. 8701