RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Due to the current social response to the COVID-19 pandemic, agencies with wildland fire responsibilities are making adjustments to 2020 fulfillment requirements for RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR). Most agencies are encouraging firefighters to complete a virtual refresher utilizing WFSTAR modules and support materials and focusing on the four core components:
- Entrapment Avoidance
- Current Issues
- Other Hazards and Safety Issues
- The Fire Shelter
The Fire Management Board (FMB) has provided guidance for federal wildland firefighters: Memo 20-001, Adjustments to Wildland Fire Preparedness Actives for the 2020 Fire Year in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Information on virtual delivery of NWCG course is available at https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/training-courses/vilt.
Consult your local unit training lead for additional direction and information.
Core Component Module Suggestions
- Firefighting Orders and watch Out Situations Immersive Activity
- Standard Firefighting Orders
- Salt Fire Case Study
- Aquatic Invasive Species Mitigation for Ground Resources
- The Risk Management Process: A Universal Tool
- Fire Technology
- Radios of Fire
Other Hazards and Safety Issues
- Felling Hazard Trees: Does it Need to Come Down
- Managing the Maze of Communications
- Load and Return
- Human Factors: The Gap
- New Generation Fire Shelter, PMS 411 (mandatory)
- 1994 South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain
- Cramer Fire Case Study
- RT-130, WFSTAR Overview.
- WFSTAR Catalog - 107 WFSTAR modules to choose from.
- NWCG YouTube with WFSTAR module videos.
- Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide, PMS 437 - Observing Fire Weather section.
- Infectious Disease Guidance for Wildland Fire Incidents, guidance from NWCG Emergency Medical Committee.
- Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.
- NWCG Fire Shelter and Personal Protective Equipment Subcommittee - See the fire shelter section.