S-219, Firing Operations

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Course Description

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.

Course Objective:

  • 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.

Course Delivery

Information not available at this time.

Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online training2
Instructor-led training16-18
Total Hours18-24

Course 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 or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

None

Course Recommended For:

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.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2).

Associated Position Task Books

Information not available at this time.

Functional Area: 
Operations
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Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2018-11-09

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