The FFT2 qualification has been removed as a prerequisite for attendance to S-212, effective 1 June 2023. Please see Curriculum Management Issue Paper # 141.
The homepage for the Hazard Tree Subcommittee referenced in the S-212 course has changed to the Hazard Tree and Tree Felling Subcommittee. The new web address is https://www.nwcg.gov/committees/hazard-tree-and-tree-felling-subcommittee. The website is referenced in the following locations:
Instructor Guide page 4C.3
PowerPoint slide 4C-3
Appendix A page 6
A video has been added to the Pre-Course Work page for S-212. The video is called "Fuel Geysering: Predictable?". It discusses recent events regarding refueling accidents. Reference to the video will need to be included in the course selection letter. Cadres should include a short discussion on the video during the course. The video and discussion point examples can be found in the WFSTAR catalog here: https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/training-courses/rt-130/hazards/haz512.
Wildland Fire Chain Saws, S-212, is now a required National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course for individuals desiring to be qualified as a Basic Faller (FAL3). Please amend the current preface and course instructions as follows:
Wildland Fire Chain Saws, S-212, is a required National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course for individuals desiring to be qualified as a Basic Faller (FAL3) in the National Interagency Incident Management System: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide,PMS 310-1. It is a suggested course for individuals desiring to be qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB) in the NWCG Standards for Wildland Fire Position Qualifications, PMS 310-1.
VI. STUDENT TARGET GROUP
The target group should consist of individuals desiring to be qualified as Basic Faller (FAL3), Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB).
This course is suggested training for individuals who use chain saws in their NWCG wildland firefighting positions. It provides basic instruction in chain saw use for tactical fireline applications.
In addition, the Chain Saw Operator Field Evaluation Form found in Appendix C on the course materials CD needs to be updated by the evaluator.
• Apprentice (FALA) update to Basic Faller (FAL3)
• Intermediate (FALB) update to Intermediate Faller (FAL2)
• Advanced (FALC) update to Advanced Faller (FAL1)
The form also appears on the PowerPoint Slides 0-11 and 4D-13. Instructors will need to note the change when discussing the form.