S-131, Firefighter Type 1, 2016 (Update 2020)

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Course Delivery Information

S-131 is available as instructor-led (classroom) training.

Expectations of Instructors

  • Prepare thoroughly. Study the course content you are going to teach.
  • Establish a collaborative and constructive classroom environment.
  • Communicate expectations.
  • Encourage student engagement.
  • Respect student diversity in backgrounds, talent, experience, and learning style.
  • Professionally represent your instructor cadre, your home unit, and your agency.

Course Guidance

Course coordinators and instructors should be thoroughly familiar with the NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1.  The NWCG Standards for Course Delivery establishes standards for all aspects of NWCG training course management and delivery. These standards should be used in conjunction with the NWCG Standards for Wildland Fire Position Qualifications, PMS 310-1, and the course-specific guidance stated in the NWCG Training Catalog.

See S-131 minimum instructor qualifications

Recommended Class Size

Recommended class size is 24 students.  Instructors should maintain a 6:1 ratio of students to instructors/coaches to facilitate exercises and discussion and to enable strong mentorship to the students. 

Cadre Meetings

Conduct initial, pre-course, daily, and close-out instructor cadre meetings. These provide opportunities to plan, organize, preview materials, review training and exercises, and identify and address concerns and issues. Consider using an informal After Action Review process. Instructor cadre meetings are critical for instructors who do not have previous experience with the course.  Additional information is located in the NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1.

Course Materials

Each student must be provided the following:

Technical Considerations

All presentations should be downloaded and tested before the start of class to ensure compatibility with software.

PowerPoint presentations are built in an older version of Microsoft Office.  Some features may not work correctly with newer software or systems.  

For help, visit the Microsoft Office website or contact your local IT support personnel.

Course Evaluations

Use the NWCG Course Evaluation Feedback form to collect information critical to future training improvements.

Students and cadre members are asked to contribute course evaluations. Input is welcome on all aspects of the training course, including course content, pre-course work, reference materials, quality of instruction, delivery methods, and testing procedures.

2020 Version

  • Converted PowerPoint presentation and Instructor Guides to new NWCG template.
  • Replaced Student Workbook with guidance to reference fireline standards documents, in particular the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461 and Leading the the Wildland Fire Service, PMS 494-2.
  • Incorporated Incident Position Descriptions for Firefighter Type 1 and Incident Commander Type 5 into the Position Responsibilities discussion in Unit 1.
  • Added smartphone and strobe light to devices mentioned in Unit 2.
  • Updated Unit 4 Look Up, Down and Around, to match the sequence of the Look Up, Down and Around content in the IRPG. This content was changed in the 2018 IRPG revision.
  • Created 5 new instructional videos for Unit 4, to correspond to the materials changed.
  • Minor changes in phrasing in several places to make a verbatim match with IRPG.

Course Materials

 

 

Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2021-01-04

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