RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR), N/A

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RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher Intent

The intent of RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR) is to focus line-going personnel on operations and decision-making issues related to fireline and all-hazard incident safety in order to recognize and mitigate risk, maintain safe and effective practices, and reduce accidents and near misses.


Target Group

RT-130 is required for designated positions in order to maintain currency, for all personnel assigned to positions with fireline duties, and for any position assigned to the fireline for non-suppression tasks.

Position TitlePosition Code
Air Support Group Supervisor(ASGS)
Air Tactical Group Supervisor(ATGS)
Incident communications Technician(COMT)
Crew Representative(CREP)
Crew Boss, Single Resource(CRWB)
Division/Group Supervisor(DIVS)
Engine Boss, Single Resource(ENGB)
Advanced Faller(FAL1)
Intermediate Faller(FAL2)
Basic Faller(FAL3)
Fire Behavior Analyst(FBAN)
Felling Boss, Single Resource(FELB)
Fire Effects Monitor(FEMO)
Firefighter Type 1, Squad Boss(FFT1)
Firefighter Type 2, Crewmember (FFT2)
Firing Boss, Single Resource(FIRB)
Field Observer(FOBS)
Helicopter Crewmember (HECM)
Heavy Equipment Boss, Single Resource(HEQB)
Helicopter Coordinator(HLCO)
Helicopter Manager, Single Resource(HMGB)
Incident Commander Type 1(ICT1)
Incident Commander Type 2(ICT2)
Incident Commander Type 3(ICT3)
Incident Commander Type 4(ICT4)
Incident Commander Type 5(ICT5)
Long term Fire Analyst(LTAN)
Operations Branch Director(OPBD)
Operations Section Chief(OPS3)
Operations Section Chief Type 1(OSC1)
Operations Section Chief Type 2(OSC2)
Public Information Officer Type 1(PIO1)
Public Information Officer Type 2(PIO2)
Public Information Officer(PIOF)
Planning Section Chief Type 3(PSC3)
Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1(RXB1)
Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2(RXB2)
Prescribed Fire Manager Type 1(RXM1)
Prescribed Fire Manager Type 2(RXM2)
Situation Unit Leader(SITL)
Safety Officer Type 1(SOF1)
Safety Officer Type 2(SOF2)
Safety Officer, Line(SOFR)
Strategic Operational Planner(SOPL)
Staging Area Manager(STAM)
Strike Team Leader Crew(STCR)
Strike Team Leader Engine(STEN)
Strike Team Leader Heavy Equipment(STEQ)
Structure Protection Specialist(STPS)
Task Force Leader(TFLD)

Firefighters who receive initial fire training are not required to take RT-130 in the same calendar year.

Hours of attendance requirements for RT-130 are determined by each agency and issued through agency-specific directives systems.

BIA, BLM, USFWS, NPS, and USFS RT-130 hours requirements are stated in the Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book), Chapter 13.

Course Content and Delivery

The RT-130 modules provide a range of training options to meet NWCG position training requirements and agency-specific RT-130 course-hours requirements. The intent of the NWCG Executive Board is that, regardless of the agency-specific RT-130 course-hours requirements, all RT-130 training covers the core components identified below.


RT-130 Core Components

Entrapment Avoidance –Use training and reference materials to study the risk management process as identified in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461, as appropriate to participants, i.e.., LCES, Standard Firefighting Orders, Watch Out Situations, Wildfire Decision Support System direction, Fire Management Plan priorities. Entrapment avoidance and deployment protocols are identified in the IRPG, which also contains the “Last Resort Survival Checklist.”

Current Issues – Review and discuss current topics that could be based on the new modules or areas of concern identified by your agency or geographic area. Review forecasts and assessments for the upcoming fire season and discuss implications for firefighter safety.

Fire Shelter – Review and discuss last resort survival including escape and shelter deployment site selection. Conduct hands-on fire shelter inspections. Practice shelter deployments in applicable crew/module configurations. Wearing fireline personal protective equipment during fire shelter practice can enhance the learning experience for students.

Additional Fire Shelter Resources:

Other Hazards and Safety Issues – Choose additional hazard and safety subjects, which may include SAFENET, current safety alerts, or site/unit-specific safety issues and hazards.


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