S-219, Firing Operations, 2014

Decorative banner: Four photos of wildland firefighters monitoring and igniting flares during fire operations. Firefighter firing flare into air, firefighter looking up at heavy smoke plume from fire, firefighter watching as heavy flames burn a hillside, firefighter stands facing flames pointing and giving directions.

Course Overview Page ButtonAdministration ButtonPre-Course Work Button


This course was developed using a blended approach to learning. Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course prior to taking the ILT. The course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a Firing Boss, Single Resource (FIRB), and outlines duties of other personnel who may engage firing operations. The course discusses and illustrates common firing devices and techniques. Although comprehensive in nature, the course work is not a substitute for the dynamic fire environment. The course provides students with important information regarding general tasks required to be successful. Any opportunity to show students a real ignition or demonstrate the use of an actual firing device will assist in transferring these new concepts and skills to the job. There is an optional field day outlined in the course, it is the discretion of the delivery unit to include the field day; however, if logistically feasible it is suggested by NWCG that a field day be conducted.


  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the FIRB for planning, execution, safety, coordination, and evaluation of an ignition operation on a wildland or prescribed fire.
  • Describe the characteristics, applications, safety and availability of the various firing devices a FIRB has at their disposal.
  • Given a wildland or prescribed scenario, prepare a firing plan and briefing that contains desired fire behavior, firing techniques, required resources, coordination, safety and risk management factors, and communication, to meet specific objectives.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Firing Boss, single resource (FIRB) and Firefighter Type 1 and 2 personnel looking to gain valuable information to conduct or participate in firing operations.


S-219 is available as a blended online training and classroom instructor-led training.

Blended Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online training2
Instructor-led training16-18
Field day (optional)4
Total Hours18-24

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-219 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2).

Course Level


Associated Position Task Books

Single Resource Boss: Crew, Heavy Equipment, Engine, Felling, Firing, Helicopter (PMS 311-13),  and Firefighter Type 1, Incident Commander Type 5 (PMS 311-14).


Functional Area: 
Primary Committee: 
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 

Please Provide Feedback

NWCG values your constructive input and we thank you for taking the time to provide feedback.

Although contact information is optional, we hope that you provide a way for us to contact you in case we need clarification on your comment. If you would like to be contacted regarding your feedback, you must provide contact information.