L-180, Human Factors in The Wildland Fire Service

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Course Description

The L-180, Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service, online course exposes students to human performance concepts as part of basic wildland firefighter training. The course is specifically designed for entry-level operational personnel; however, this course also applies to all wildland fire service personnel, including non-operational personnel.

At the end of the online course, students will be able to practice decision-making skills in an interactive simulation as a member of a fire crew, and students will apply their Human Factors knowledge to a variety of scenarios. Throughout the simulation, students will answer questions and make decisions regarding situation awareness and hazard identification, decision-making, and team cohesion. Responses are tracked, and then reported at the end of the activity.

Course Objective:

  • Introduce human performance factors in high-risk work environments and add this knowledge to student’s skill set.
  • Provide opportunities to explore human performance concepts and the related vocabulary.
  • Reinforce professional responsibility to address human performance issues while on the job.

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Course Components

Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Pre-course workN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training4
Total Hours4


Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for L-180 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

Information not available at this time.

Course Recommended For:

Entry-level incident personnel.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training


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