S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

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Description

This course provides instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. S-190 is typically taught in conjunction with or prior to Basic Firefighter Training, S-130. S-190 is the first course in a five course sequence [S-190, S-290, S-390, S-490, S-590] developing wildland fire behavior prediction skills and knowledge.

Objectives

  • Identify and discuss the three sides of the fire triangle.
  • Identify the environmental factors of fuels, weather and topography that affect the start and spread of wildland fire.
  • Describe the contributing factors that indicate the potential for increased fire behavior that may compromise safety.

Target Group

Entry-level firefighters

This Course is required for Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2), Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP), Public Information Officer (PIOF), and Staging Area Manager (STAM).

NOTE:  Be sure to check agency-specific guidelines; some agencies may have different requirements.

Delivery

S-190 is available as either online training or classroom instructor-led training

Online Course Components and Hours to Complete

ComponentTime
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online training6-8
Instructor-led trainingN/A
Total Hours6-8

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Instructor Led Course Components and Hours to Complete

ComponentTime
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training6-8
Total Hours6-8

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for s-190 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.  The online version of the course is available upon demand.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

None

Associated Position Task Books

Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2), Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP), Public Information Officer (PIOF), and Staging Area Manager (STAM).

Functional Area: 
Fire-Environment
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Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2018-11-21

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