Wildland Fire (WF)

WF 101 Firefighter Type II Training (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to train new firefighters in basic firefighting skills and the basic fire behavior factors that will aid them in the safe and effective control of wildland fires. Students will receive NWCG certification in S-130, S-190, L-180 and S-133.

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WF 103 Safety for Survival (3 Credits)

Provides the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for fire line safety as it pertains to: entrapment avoidance, fire shelter deployment, hazards, injuries and safety issues, mental and physical health, fitness, and current issues. Meets the NWCG requirement for RT-130.

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WF 111 Tactical Decision Simulations (2 Credits)

The course uses classroom and simulations to focus on the fire environment and the indicators fireline personnel should recognize in order to anticipate or predict problem fire behavior during fireline operations while utilizing lookouts, communications, escape routes and safety zones. Upon completion of the course and given a Fireline Handbook, Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), and specific problem situations related to fire assignments, student will be provided with the knowledge and practice in decision making necessary to effectively apply tactical decisions making in wildland fire. P/NP grading.

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WF 131 S-131, Firefighter Type I (2 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WF 100 and WF 101.

Firefighter Type 1, S-131, is 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.

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WF 134 S-134 Lookouts, Communication, Escape Routes, Safety Zones (2 Credits)

Students become engaged in the process of designing their own safety program. The small group exercises will discuss and develop the L, C, E, 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.

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WF 188 Special Studies: Wildland Fire (1-4 Credits)

Explores topics of current interest in the discipline.

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WF 199 Selected Topics: Wildland Fire (1-4 Credits)

This course is in development.

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WF 200 S-200 Initial Attack Incident Command (2 Credits)

Designed to meet the training needs of the ICT4. Presented in a lecture/discussion format and supplemented with group exercises. The six instructional units cover: readiness and mobilization; size up, planning and ordering; deployment and containment; administrative requirements; and post-fire evaluation.

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WF 201 NFPA Instructor 1 (3 Credits)

NFPA Instructor 1 is an intensive, instructional methodology program. It addresses the job performance requirement of the National Fire Protection Agency, 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. The course prepares students for planning instruction, using a variety of instructional methods, teaching diverse learners, and evaluating course outcomes. The course also provides guidelines for addressing the critical issues of safety and the legal issues of training, and it provides opportunities for participants to participate in application activities. P/NP grading.

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WF 203 S-203 Introduction to Incident Information (3 Credits)

Provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to serve as public information officers (PIOF). Touches on virtually all aspects of establishing and maintaining an incident information operation, from communicating with internal and external audiences to handling special situations. Format of the course is lecture and exercises with a final simulation.

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WF 210 FI-210 Wildfire Origin/Cause (3 Credits)

The primary purpose of this course is to provide a consistent knowledge and skill base for the wildland fire origin and cause determination 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.

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WF 211 S-211 Portable Pumps (2 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WF 100 and WF 101.

This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course consists of three skill areas: supply, delivery and application of water. Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of correct water use, basic hydraulics and equipment care. The field exercise requires set up, operation and maintenance of pump equipment. To receive credit for this course, students must have field work observed and approved, and take a closed-book written final examination.

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WF 215 S-215 Fire Operations in the Urban Interface (3 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WF 100 and WF 101.

This course is designed to assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface. Instructional units include interface awareness, size-up, initial strategy and incident action plan, structure triage, structure protection tactics, incident action plan assessment and update, follow-up and public relations, and firefighter safety in the interface.

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WF 215S S-215 Fire Operations in Urban Interface for Structure Fire (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Department approval based on certified NWCG Firefighter Type II or have completed NWCG S-130/190 and be certified NFPA Firefighter I or be qualified NWCG Firefighter Type I.

Recommended preparation: WF 101.

Designed to assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface. Instructional units include interface awareness, size-up, initial strategy and incident action plan, structure triage, structure protection tactics, incident action plan assessment and update, follow-up and public relations, and firefighter safety in the interface.

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WF 219 S-219 Fire Operations (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: department approval.

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.

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WF 230 S-230 Crew Boss (3 Credits)

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.

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WF 231 S-231 Engine Boss (1 Credit)

Skill course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of all duties associated with the single resource engine boss. Topics include tactical use and safety precautions required to establish an effective engine operation on a large incident.

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WF 236 S-236 Heavy Equipment Boss (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: department approval.

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.

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WF 244 S-244 Field Observer (2 Credits)

Provides students with the necessary skills to perform as a field observer (FOBS) and/or a prescribed fire effects monitor (FEMO). Topics include: identifying and interpreting maps, making map calculations, using observation aids and instruments, performing field observations and communicating information. There will be a daylong field trip.

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WF 248 S-248 Status/Check-In Recorder (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: department approval.

This course is designed to introduce students to the tools and techniques used to perform the duties of a status check-in recorder (SCKN). The course provides an overview of what a student can expect if dispatched to an incident.

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WF 261 S-261 Applied Interagency Incident Business Management (2 Credits)

This course is designed to provide the prerequisite skills/knowledge necessary to perform the tasks of the entry-level finance positions, i.e., commissary manager, personnel time recorder, equipment time recorder, compensation for injury specialist, and claims specialist, in the Incident Command System (ICS). It is designed to be taken after completion of Interagency Incident Business Management (S-260).

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WF 270 S-270 Basic Air Operations (2 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WF 131 and WF 134.

Covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas.

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WF 280 Co-op Work Experience Wildland Fire (1-4 Credits)

Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

Provides experience in which students apply previous classroom learning in an occupational setting. Credits depend on the number of hours worked. P/NP grading.

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WF 281 L-280 Followership/Leadership (2 Credits)

Training course designed as a self-assessment opportunity for individuals preparing to step into a leadership role. There is one day of classroom instruction followed by a day in the field with small teams of students working through a series of problem-solving events (Field Leadership Assessment Course). Topic areas include: leadership values and principles; transition challenges for new leaders; situational leadership; team cohesion factors; ethical decision making.

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WF 286 Pacific Northwest Engine Academy (3 Credits)

Students attending the Pacific Northwest Engine Academy will receive training utilizing a variety of methods and techniques, which will provide information about water handling and will improve engine operation skills. These skills are applicable to both fuels management and fire suppression activities. The student will be instructed using ICS terminology. P/NP grading.

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WF 288 Special Studies: Wildland Fire (1-4 Credits)

Explores topics of current interest in the discipline.

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WF 290 S-290 Intermediate Wildfire Behavior (3 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WF 131, WF 260 and WF 134.

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.

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WF 293 RX-340 (RX-310) Fire Effects (3 Credits)

Provides the student with the knowledge and skills to recognize basic fire regimes, the results of fire treatment on first order fire and fire effects, and to manipulate fire treatments to achieve desired first order fire effects.

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WF 294 S-300 IC Extended Attack (2 Credits)

Meets the training needs of the incident commander, type 3 (ICT3). Presented in a lecture/discussion format and supplemented with group exercises. There are six instructional units that cover information gathering, planning, supporting organization, operations, transitioning, and demobilization/administrative requirement.

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WF 295 S-330 Task Force/Strike Team Leader (3 Credits)

Prepares the student to perform in the role of task force leader (TFLD) or any strike team leader. Examples and exercises are specific to wildland fire suppression. If the student is expected to perform in another risk area, applicable examples and exercises area will be added.

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WF 297 S-339 Division Group Supervisor (2 Credits)

Prepares student to perform in the role of division/group supervisor. Provides instruction in support of the specific tasks of division/group supervisor, but will not instruct the student in general management/supervision or in the incident command system (ICS). Topics include: division/group management, organizational interaction, and division operations.

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WF 298 S-390 Fire Behavior Calculation (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: department approval.

This is an NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) Certified course. This course is designed to introduce fire behavior calculations by manual methods, using nomograms and the Fire Behavior Handbook Apendix B. Students gain an understanding of the determinants of fire behavior through studying Inputs (weather, slope, fuels, and fuel moisture). Students also leam how to interpret fire behavior outputs, documentation processes, and fire behavior briefing components.

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WF 299 Selected Topics: Wildland Fire (1-4 Credits)

This course is in development.

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