S-130, Firefighter Training, 2008

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Instructor-led Course Description

This course is designed to provide entry-level firefighters skills. Field time is encouraged, and many of the units are set up so they can be taught in either the classroom or the field. The field exercise for Unit 12 is required. A version of L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline, has been included as part of this course. Credit should be issued for both S-130 and L-180 upon completion of this course.

Blended Course Description

This course was developed using a blended approach to learning. The course addresses the foundational skills universal to all wildland firefighters. The material is divided into 12 online modules (1 to 3 hours each) and a mandatory, instructor-led field exercise. Each online module explains the concepts and skills that will be performed and evaluated on the field exercise. Module 12 contains optional knowledge areas (pump operations, map and compass, fire investigation and cultural resources) that are very useful concepts, but not required due to time constraints.

To succeed on the field exercise, students must understand the concepts taught in modules 1 through 11 as documented by module certificates of completion. Both students and instructors can find an overview of the field exercise in module 13. This module informs instructors how to set up the exercise, lists materials needed, and provides evaluation checklists. It also provides students an idea of what to expect and what they will be evaluated on.

There is a challenge review at the end of each module. If you successfully complete the challenge review, you will be able to print a module certificate of completion. Before you begin the challenge review, you MUST be connected to an active printer!

Objectives

  • Explain what the LCES (Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones) system is and how it relates to the Standard Firefighting Orders.
  • Construct fireline to required standards using various methods.
  • Strengthen, reinforce, and use holding actions on a fireline.
  • Extinguish the fire with or without the use of water.
  • Complete assigned tasks in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Given an assignment in a wildfire environment, describe factors in that environment which could impact safety.

Target Group

Entry-level firefighters.

Delivery

S-130 is available as either blended training or classroom instructor-led training

Instructor-led Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training30-35.5
Total Hours30-35.5

OR

Blended Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online training22
Field Exercise8-10
Total Hours30-35.5

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-130 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Successful completion of Introduction to S-190, Wildland Fire Behavior.

Course Level

Local

Course Access and Additional Course Information

Can be found at https://onlinetraining.nwcg.gov/ under Training.

 

Functional Area: 
Operations
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2019-10-23

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