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 2021 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 five core components:
- Local Topics
- Incident Reviews and Lessons Learned
- Fire and Aviation Operational Safety
- Human Factors, Communication, and Decision Making
- Fire Shelters and Entrapment Avoidance
The Fire Management Board (FMB) has provided guidance for federal wildland firefighters: Memo 20-015, Requirements and COVID-19 Mitigations for Medical Exams, Work Capacity Tests, and Critical Training for the 2021 Fire Season.
Consult your local unit training lead for additional direction and information.
Virtual Delivery of RT-130
RT-130 is delivered as an Instructor-Led Training. It is not available as a Self-Directed (Online) training. To receive credit for course completion, students must complete a session of RT-130 with qualified instructors who monitor the quality of the training. However, instructors may choose to facilitate most of the course content virtually, using an online platform (such as web meeting or webinar software, or similar forum). Information on virtual delivery of NWCG course is available at https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/training-courses/vilt
The hands-on fire shelter proficiency drills must be performed by each participant. An individual qualified as a unit instructor (or higher) must monitor the completion of the proficiency drill.
Core Component Module Packages
- Aquatic Invasive Species Mitigation for Ground Resources - Avoid the spread of aquatic invasive species in your area by adhering to the procedures presented.
- Fuel Geyser Awareness - Review the information about Fuel Geysers on the NWCG Equipment and Technology webpage to learn more about this issue, and see if it's been happening in your area.
Incident Reviews and Lessons Learned
- Observations from Recent Prescribed Fire Reviews - Examine the commonalities of recent prescribed fire reviews that led to declared wildfires. Identify helpful tools that are available to burn bosses, planners and agency administrators when planning prescribed fires.
- Point Fire Revisited - A case study of the Point Fire (Idaho, 1995) during which a series of unfortunate events led to the entrapment and death of two firefighters. An overview of the events of the fire and the recommendations from the accident investigation that followed, with fire footage, maps/animations, and firsthand interview accounts.
- Incident Review Summary - Read the latest Incident Review Summary from the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.
Fire and Aviation Operational Safety
- Standard Firefighting Orders - A brief introduction to the history and intent of the Standard Firefighting Orders and a review of the orders.
- Watch Out Situations - An introduction to the history and intent of the Watch Out Situations and a review of the watch outs.
- LCES - An introduction to the history and intent of LCES (Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones) and a review of its components.
- The Risk Management Process: A Universal Tool - An examination of the Risk Management Process used by highly successful organizations in wildland fire and the Columbia River Bar Pilots.
- Load and Return - Learn about fire retardant and the airplanes that deliver it.
- Safety and Risk Management Systems - Review the recent submissions and content on the SAFENET system, SAFECOM system, Safety Gram and Hot Topics on the NWCG Risk Management Committee webpage.
Human Factors, Communication, and Decision Making
- Felling Hazard Trees: Does it Need to Come Down - Create a dialogue among sawyers and fireline leaders about their ability to discuss and identify expectations and decisions to cut or leave a tree. Understand the Human Factors that influence the decision-making process and bring awareness to the option that every saw operator has a right to walk away from a tree.
- Command and Control - Definitions of command and control, Ted Talks episode, discussions of effectiveness, and a successful command and control naval story.
- Sleep Deprivation - Examine how sleep deprivation affects the human brain and discuss how it can impact wildland firefighters.
Fire Shelters and Entrapment Avoidance
- 1994 South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain - This module looks at the South Canyon Fire where 14 perished, and discusses safety, hazards, risk, and entrapment avoidance.
- New Generation Fire Shelter - Video and publication The New Generation Fire Shelter, PMS 411, provide essential information on the use of this item of personal protective equipment.
- RT-130, WFSTAR Overview.
- WFSTAR Catalog - 109 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.