National Wildfire Coordinating Group

FI-110, Wildland Fire Observations and Origin Scene Protection for First Responders, 2021

FI-110 Decorative banner. Four photos of wildland fire operations. Two fire security specialist review information on a handheld mobile device. Wildland fire medics pushing a one wheeled stretcher on a trail in the woods. A line of wildland firefighters carrying tools march down a trail single file. Four wildland firefighters work with hand tools to cut a fire break in the forest.

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The primary emphasis of this course is to teach sound wildland fire observations and origin scene protection practices that enable first responders to a wildland fire scene to perform proper origin scene protection procedures. The course is presented by short lectures, electronic presentations, exercises, and class discussion.


  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a first responder in support of the investigation of a wildland fire.
  • List the key observations that should be made when responding to a wildland fire.
  • List the five tasks to be performed upon arrival to a wildland fire.
  • Understand basic fire behavior and fire pattern indicators that identify signs of a general origin area.
  • Understand the various causes of wildland fires.
  • Understand the requirements of the post-response phase, including the information transfer process.

Target Group

Recommended training for all first responders, including Single Resource Bosses, law enforcement officers, prevention technicians, and field resource personnel.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training


Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



FI-110 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 6
Total Hours 6

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Cadre must have experience in wildland fire investigation.

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Date:

  • 2005-03


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