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