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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

BIFZ Training

Training Resources

Current Training Classes

Please contact Kristina Thissell (Training Coordinator) at 541-573-3244 for further information.

First Aid and CPR classes will be offered April 18, June 5, July 25, and July 28.

Course Descriptions

Course Number/Name: I-100 Introduction/Orientation to ICS

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Classroom 8 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: ICS Orientation is intended for personnel assigned to an incident or event who have a minimum requirement for understanding ICS. This module reviews the ICS organization, basic terminology, and common responsibilities. It will provide enough information about the Incident Command System to enable you to work in a support role at an incident or event, or to work in a support role at an incident from an off-site location.

This module may also be used as a pre-course study program by personnel who will be continuing their training with additional modules.

PREREQUISITES: None

Course Number/Name: I-200 Basic ICS

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Classroom 12 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: I-200 introduces students to the principles of the Incident Command System (ICS) associated with incident-related performance. Basic ICS comprises 5 of the 17 instructional modules making up the ICS curriculum. It is the first of 17 instructional modules which comprise the Incident Command System (ICS) curriculum. These modules include:

** Principles and Features
** Organizational Overview
** Facilities
** Resource Status Keeping
** Common Responsibilities

PREREQUISITES: None

Course Number/Name: D-110 Dispatch Recorder

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Classroom 16 hours

DESCRIPTION:  D-110 is designed to train potential dispatch recorders on the structure of an expanded dispatch organization and to effectively perform within that organization. It will provide the student with a working knowledge of the purpose and process of completing the resource order and other dispatch forms. It will also provide instruction on established dispatch procedures.

PREREQUISITES: None

Course Number/Name: I-300 Intermediate ICS

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Classroom 27 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: I-300 provides a greater description and detail of the Incident Command System (ICS) organization and operations, including application of essential principles and description of air operations.

This course comprises 5 of the 17 instructional modules making up the ICS curriculum, as follows:

** Organization and Staffing
** Organizing for Incidents or Events
** Incident Resources Management
** Air Operations
** Incident and Event Planning

PREREQUISITES: Basic ICS (I-200)

Course Number/Name: M-410 FACILITATIVE INSTRUCTOR

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 36 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: The course is designed for students to meet NWCG instructor requirements and become effective facilitative instructors. The purpose of the course is to improve training quality by presenting instructional methods with an emphasis on student-oriented adult training techniques. Topics include: communication skills; evaluations; instructional media, objectives, and methods; presentation skills; principles and conditions of learning; group dynamics; support functions; ethics and legalities; and intercultural communication.

PREREQUISITES: Satisfactorily complete pre-course work.

Course Number/Name: P-101 Introduction to Wildfire Prevention

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Classroom/Self-paced 2 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: P-101 is an overview course designed for volunteer firefighters, rangers, firefighting professionals, fire managers, and other persons having fire prevention responsibilities. This course is designed for individual self-study, or for use in small groups.

PREREQUISITES: None

Course Number/Name: P-151 WILDFIRE ORIGIN AND CAUSE DETERMINATION

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 29 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course will help prepare the student to conduct an investigation after a wildland fire. This course deals not only with how and what the investigator must look for in determining origins and causes, but also reviews the legal system and discusses the steps the investigator must take in preparing the cause for legal action. This course includes a field exercise in which live fires are used to test the student's abilities to locate the origin. There is also a final written test.

PREREQUISITES: None

Course Number/Name: PMS-419 Engine Operator (Area Engine Academy)

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Classroom/Field 40 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This training is intended to provide employees filling the Engine Operator (ENOP) position on engine modules with the knowledge, skills, and ability they need to safely and effectively use engines in the wildland fire environment, with a minimum of down time. It is also intended to provide a solid foundation of information and hands-on training upon which to build strong job skills.

PREREQUISITES: S-130, 131, 190, 211, 216, I-100, and FFT1 (Advanced Firefighter/Squad Boss)

Course Number/Name: S-130 Firefighting Training

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Classroom 32 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: S-130 is a field course providing entry-level firefighting skills. This course may also serve as refresher training for returnees and as a means of testing personnel with undocumented prior experience. Topics include:

** Safety Orientation
** Firefighter Preparedness
** Tools and Equipment
** Firing Devices
** Use of Water
** Suppression
** Securing the Control Line
** Use of Maps
** Scouting
** Hazardous Materials
** Standards for Survival

PREREQUISITES: None

Course Number/Name: S-131 Advanced Firefighter Training

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Classroom 8 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: S-131 course is designed to meet the training needs of both advanced firefighter/squad boss (FFT1), and incident commander type 5 (ICT5). The course is interactive, and contains several exercises that encourage group and class discussions. Topics include: fireline reference materials, documenting activities, fireline communications, tactics, and safety.

PREREQUISITES: Qualified as a firefighter, type 2 (FFT2).

Course Number/Name: S-190 INTRODUCTION TO WILDLAND FIRE BEHAVIOR

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 6 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course provides instruction in the primary environmental factors that affect the start and spread of wildfire, and recognition of potentially hazardous situations.

This course can be taught in conjunction with or prior to Firefighting Training, S-310. This course is also suitable for experienced personnel requiring refresher training.

PREREQUISITES: None

Course Number/Name: S-200 INITIAL ATTACK INCIDENT COMMANDER

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 16 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to meet the training needs of the ICT4. IT is presented in a lecture/discussion format and supplemented with group exercises. The six instructional units cover Readiness and Mobilization; Size-up, Planning, and Ordering; Deployment and Containment; Administrative Requirements; and Post-Fire Evaluation. Evaluation of the student is by unit tests and a final examination.

PREREQUISITES: Qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)

Course Number/Name: S-281 SUPERVISORY CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 16 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course provides instruction in basic supervision, and is equally applicable to the single resource boss in the Incident Command System (ICS) and non-operations first level supervisors. This course covers supervisory responsibilities, ethics, workforce diversity, leadership, communications, team building, and critical incident stress.

PREREQUISITES: Students are to complete a pre-course work assignment that takes approximately two hours.

Course Number/Name: S-215 (S-205) FIRE OPERATIONS IN THE URBAN INTERFACE

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 24 - 32 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course provides training for initial attack incident commanders and company officers confronting wildfire which is presenting a threat to life and property. Instructional units include: size up, initial strategy and action plan, structure triage, tactics, action plans, assessment, public relations and follow up, and safety.

PREREQUISITES: Students must have basic knowledge of structure and wildland firefighting operations. They must also be familiar with and understand their agency policy as it relates to interface fires.

Course Number/Name: S-230 CREW BOSS (SINGLE RESOURCE)

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom

DESCRIPTION: This is a classroom course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of all duties associated with the single resource crew boss, from initial dispatch through return to home unit. Topics include: preparation and mobilization, assignment preparation, tactics and safety, off-line duties, and demobilization/post-incident activities. This course is designed for use throughout the United States, and includes examples from all geographic areas.

PREREQUISITES: Qualified as advanced firefighter/squad boss (FFT1).

Course Number/Name: S-231 ENGINE BOSS (SINGLE RESOURCE)

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 8 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This is a skill course designed to produce student proficiency I the performance of all duties associated with the single resource engine boss. Topics include: tactical use and safety precautions required to establish an effective engine operation on a large incident.

PREREQUISITES: Qualified as advanced firefighter/squad boss (FFT1)

Course Number/Name: S-232 DOZER BOSS (SINGLE RESOURCE)

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 8 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This is a skill course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of all duties associated with the single resource dozer boss (DOZB). Primary considerations are tactical use and safety precautions required to establish and maintain an effective dozer operation.

PREREQUISITES: Qualified as advanced firefighter/squad boss (FFT1).

Course Number/Name: S-234 IGNITION OPERATIONS

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom

DESCRIPTION: This is an entry-level course providing training in the functional roles and responsibilities connected with firing operations. The course covers planning, ignition procedures and techniques, and equipment applicable to wildland and prescribed fire. This course also addresses the role of the ignition specialist or firing boss as the organization manages escalation from a non-complex to a complex fire situation.

Note: This course is not intended to qualify or certify any personnel in the use, storage, or transport of any firing devise. Rather, it is to provide the potential firing boss a description of available equipment and the requirements specific to each such device.

PREREQUISITES: Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290)

Course Number/Name: S-244 FIELD OBSERVER

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom/Field Trip

DESCRIPTION: This course provides the student with the skills necessary to perform as a field observer (FOBS) and/or a prescribed fire effects monitor (FEMO). The class includes a day long field trip. Topics include: identifying and interpreting maps, making map calculations, using observation aids and instruments, performing field observations, and communicating information.

PREREQUISITES: Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290)

Successful completion of pre-course work.
FOBS (Field Observer): Qualified as any Single Resource Boss
FEMO (Fire Effects Monitor): Qualified as FFT2

Course Number/Name: S-270 BASIC AIR OPERATIONS

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 12-16 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course covers the uses of aircraft and the safe and proper conduct around aircraft while performing tactical and logistical uses for wildland fire suppression.

Note: The regulations, procedures and policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency and ICS operations. State, county, municipal or other political subdivisions employing this course will need to consult their agency having jurisdiction with respect to regulations, procedures and policies.

PREREQUISITES: Qualified as advanced firefighter/squad boss (FFT1)

Course Number/Name: S-290 INTERMEDIATE WILDLAND FIRE BEHAVIOR

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 32 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. It is the second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills.

This course may be presented throughout the United States. Fire environment differences are discussed as necessary, and instructor should stress local conditions.

PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190)

Course Number/Name: S-300 EXTENDED ATTACK INCIDENT COMMANDER

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 16 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to meeting the training needs of the incident commander, type 3 (ICT3). It is presented in a lecture/discussion format and supplemented with group exercises. The size instructional units cover: Information Gathering; Planning; Supporting Organization; Operations; Transitioning; and Demobilization/Administrative Requirement.

PREREQUISITES: Qualified as an incident commander type 4 (ICT4) AND qualified as a task force leader (TFLD) 
OR
 Qualified as a Strike Team Leader AND two Single Resource Boss positions; one must be Crew or Engine. 

Course Number/Name: S-330 TASK FORCE/STRIKE TEAM LEADER

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 24 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to prepare the student to perform in the role of task force leader (TFLD) or any strike team leader. Examples and exercises in the course package are specific to wildland fire suppression. If the student is expected to perform in another risk area, examples and exercises applicable to the expected risk area should be added.

PREREQUISITES: Completion of the pre-course work which is reading and having a working knowledge of the information contained in the Wildland Fire Suppression Tactics Reference Guide, NFES 1256.

Course Number/Name: S-336 FIRE SUPPRESSION TACTICS

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 32 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: Fire Suppression Tactics is a 32-hour course designed to support training requirements in the Operations Sections of the Incident Command System. This course is designed primarily to instruct experienced single resource bosses and initial attack incident commanders in the tactics necessary at the strike team/task force leader level. It is also valuable for operations supervisors qualified at higher management levels who have not received training in wildfire tactics. Lecture and exercises in this package are specific to wildland fire suppression and extensively build upon the student's position experience and prerequisite training. The course consists of a pre-study package consisting of a reference text and a pre-test, formal classroom units, two mid-course tests, and a final exam.

PREREQUISITES: Successfully complete:
Basic ICS, I-200
Basic Air Operations, S-270
Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, S-290
Initial Attack Incident Commander, S-200 and/or Single Resource Boss
Incident Business Management Principles, S-260
Supervisory Concepts and Techniques, S-281
Any other agency specific prerequisites

Course Number/Name: S-339 DIVISION/GROUP SUPERVISOR

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 16 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course prepares the student to perform in the role of division/group supervisor. It will provide instruction in support of the specific tasks of division/group supervisor, but will not instruct the student in general management/supervision or in the incident command system (ICS), both of which the student should learn through prerequisite course work. Course topics include: division/group management, organizational interaction, and division operations. There is a final examination in this course.

PREREQUISITES: Qualified as a task force leader (TFLD) OR   Qualified as an incident commander, type 3 (ICT3).  Satisfactory completion of course pre-work.

Course Number/Name: S-381 (S-301) LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 24 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to develop mid-level supervisory skills by providing advanced training in communications, performance appraisals, objective setting, delegation, conflict resolution, civil rights, internal/external controls, integrity, time management, and technology management. The course will provide the supervisory skills that person's function in the unit leader and section chief levels will need, and is a sequel to Supervisory Concepts and Techniques (S-281) (was S-201).

PREREQUISITES: Qualified as a unit leader, single resource boss, manager, support dispatcher (EDSD), or equivalent first-level supervisory position.

Satisfactory completion of 4 hours of pre-course work.

Course Number/Name: L-180 HUMAN FACTORS ON THE FIRELINE

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 6 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for unit-level supervisors to use when delivering orientation training to new crewmembers.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of their responsibilities to address human performance issues, so they can integrate more effectively into crews/teams operating on high-risk, dynamic work environments.  Specific topics to be reviewed during training include: situation awareness, basic communication responsibilities, attitude and stress barriers, decision-making process, and teamwork principles. 

PREREQUISITES: None.

Course Number/Name: L-280 FOLLWERSHIP TO LEADERSHIP

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 8 hrs., Field 8 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed as a self-assessment opportunity for individuals preparing to step into a leadership role.  The course combines one day of classroom instruction followed by a second day in the field with students working through a series of problem solving events in small teams.  Topic areas include: leadership values and principles, transition challenges for new leaders, situational leadership, team cohesion factors, and ethical decision-making.  Course objectives: students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental leadership principles, and students will assess their individual traits and motivation for entering into a leadership role.

PREREQUISITES: Experience on incident assignments in operations or support functions; L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline; and successful completion of 3-4 hours of pre-course work.

Course Number/Name: RX - PRESCRIBED FIRE MODELING TECHNIQUES

TARGET GROUP - individuals needing to build qualifications for Burn Boss, Prescribed Fire Planner, those wanting to attend RX300, or those wanting the technical background for S490 Advanced Fire Behavior Calculations.

COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to give the trainees the technical background and hands-on experience in using nomograms and Personal Computer-based Fire Behavior Prediction Systems (BEHAVE), including FIRE1 and RX Window.

PREREQUISITES: S290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior. Qualified Single Resource Boss (CRWB, DOZB, ENGB, FELB, FIRB, TRPB).

COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with using fire behavior software programs such as BEHAVE, RX Windows, FOFEM, FEIS and FireFamily Plus.

Course Number/Name: M-3 AVIATION MANAGEMENT FOR SUPERVISORS

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION Classroom 8 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for first and second-line supervisors directly responsible for employees who utilize aircraft in performance of their duties.  Areas of emphasis include: DOI aviation safety and accident prevention program, procurement of aviation services, documentation of payment procedures, responsibilities to employees, and risk management.

PREREQUISITES: None.

Course Number/Name: RT-130 ANNUAL FIRE REFRESHER

TARGET GROUP - This course is used primarily for inexperienced firefighters, but can be modified to a 4-8 hour review course for veteran firefighters (4 hours required for BLM, 8 hours required for FS) - any and all who will be involved in various aspects of Wildland fire and desire some basic knowledge of fire behavior.

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This is a field course providing entry-level firefighting skills. Topics include: Safety Orientation; Firefighter Preparedness; Tools and Equipment; Firing Devices; Use of Water; Suppression; Securing the Control Line; Use of Maps; Scouting; Hazardous Materials; Standards for Survival.  Includes instruction in the primary environmental factors that affect the start and spread of wildfire, and recognition of potentially hazardous situations which have caused fire shelter deployments, serious injuries, and fatalities.

PREREQUISITES:  Required - None; Strongly Recommended - I100 Introduction to ICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES - Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of safety on a Wildland fire.
  • Demonstrate the principles of effective Wildland firefighting.
  • Identify environmental factors of Wildland fire behavior affecting the start and spread of Wildland fire.
  • Recognize situations that indicate problem or extreme Wildland fire behavior.
  • Identify and described the organizational structure, positions and responsibilities, and facilities associated with ICS.

Course Number/Name: PACK TEST

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