2023 TN-KY Academy
Course Descriptions & Nomination Forms

Nomination Forms

Casualty Assistance Program (CAP) Courses

Includes: You Will Not Stand Alone, Basic CISM, Advanced CISM, Hospital & Family Liaison, Death Notification, Stress First Aid, The Secrets of Psychological Body Armor-Holistic Wellness for Emergency Services, Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders, Resilience Self-Care, and Memorial Liaison & Introduction to Honor Guard

Note: The above CAP courses are tuition-free. 

Finance Academy Courses

Includes: S-260/S-261 Blended, FEMA L-975, S-262, Incident Procurement, S-481, Advance Cost

     
     Course Descriptions
(Listed in Alphabetical Order)

 

Advance Cost

Course Dates: January 11-13, 2023

Description: Though not required by NWCG for qualification, this course was created to complement NWCG required Cost Training. It offers a look into more complex financial concepts and addresses complex scenarios. 

Target Group: Minimum Student Qualification FSC, COST, or COST (t) with at least one incident experience record.

Course Prerequisites: E I-Suite

Course Coordinator: Maria Laboy

Buy Team Member - Incident Procurement 

Course Dates: January 10-13, 2023

Description: This is an interagency classroom workshop consisting of lectures and group exercises that will identify and describe the processes and procedures performed by procurement personnel involved in the acquisition of supplies and services to support emergency incidents.

Target Group: This course is designed for personnel (Contract Specialists, Purchasing Agents and Micropurchasers) who support emergency incidents on their local unit or for those who desire to become a Procurement Unit Leader or Buying Team member.

Course Prerequisites: None.

Course Coordinator: Maria Laboy

Casualty Assistance Program Courses (click link for descriptions)

Note: Tuition is free for all CAP courses.

D-110 Expanded Dispatch Recorder

Course Dates: January 4-6, 2023

Description: This course provides students with the skills to perform as an Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC). Topics include the structure of the expanded dispatch organization, description of resource ordering and statusing process, and the importance of the EDRC having effective communication skills and working relationships. The final is a 4-hour, scenario-based exercise where students will complete resource orders based on timed inputs and supplemental handouts. The course gives a general overview of Interagency Resource Ordering Capability (IROC).

Target Group: Individuals who have no previous training or experience in the dispatch function and who will be called on as needed to assist in the expanded dispatch organization.

Course Prerequisites: None.

Course Coordinator: Kym Hoffman

E I-Suite

Course Dates: January 9-13, 2023

Description: This course is designed to expose a user to the basic application functions of each of the E I-Suite modules including: Resources, Demob, Cost, Time, and Incident Action Plan. These application modules are used within the Plans and Finance sections of a management team and functional knowledge of applicable modules is required to accomplish position responsibilities within those sections.

Target Group: Anyone that desires to work as a Status Check-In Recorder, Resource Unit Leader, Demobilization Unit Leader, Personnel Time Recorder, Equipment Time Recorder, Training Specialist, and/or Cost Unit Leader. 

Course Prerequisites: None. Course recommendations include: ICS-100, ICS-200, computer skills using Windows, S-260 and S-261 for those working in the Finance Section, S-248 for those working in the Planning Section.

Course Coordinator: James Ehrlich

EVOC - Emergency Vehicle Operator Course

Course Dates: January 6 and January 7, 2023 (2 offerings)
 

Course Time: Full Course - 8 hours; Refresher Only - 4 hours

Description: This baseline training will provide an adequate level of knowledge and practical skills for individuals that will be maneuvering apparatus while driving in emergency situations applicable to wildland fire operations. The course will present information on emergency vehicle operations that meets the standards for certification as described in NFPA 1002 and 1451. Students will be evaluated by a written and driving examination that will determine successful completion of this course. *Important Note: This curriculum was designed for federal agencies, specifically the US Forest Service, and may not meet your agency's policies.*

Target Group: Operators of emergency response vehicles to include Type 6 Engines, dozer transports, and command vehicles. Operators seeking a required refresher may attend the first four hours if home unit deems employee does not need to re-certify their driving.

Course Prerequisites: Valid State Driver's License

Course Pre-Work: Review and understand applicable Federal and State Laws/Policies in regards to Emergency Vehicle Operations.

Course Coordinator: Trent Girard

FACTS - Forest Service Activity Tracking System

Course Dates: January 4-7, 2023

Description: This course will provide students with a basic to intermediate understanding of how to enter data into the Forest Service Activity Tracking System (FACTS). It will take students thru the creation of NEPA documents, initiatives and timber sales; the creation of KV and BD plans; the updating of planned activities to accomplished/completed activities; and the integration of spatial features displaying activity location(s). Students will receive instruction on data entry for Fire and Fuels, Silviculture, and Trust Funds; spatial data entry; and business rules for each program area affecting date entry. This is a hands-on class in which students will perform data entry and use basic GIS skills.

Target Group: Personnel with a role in FACTS data management.

Course Prerequisites: None

Course Coordinator: Dale Wine

FEMA L-975 (All-Hazards Position Specific Finance/Administration Unit Leader)

Course Dates: January 4-6, 2023

Description: The Finance/Administration Unit Leader course will help emergency management and response personnel establish the essential core competencies required for performing the duties of the Finance/Administration Unit Leader during an all-hazards incident. The course is designed to enable students to perform as any of the four Finance/Administration Unit Leaders (Time Unit Leader, Procurement Unit Leader, Compensation and Claims Unit Leader, Cost Unit Leader). Students will learn information that is applicable across all four positions, such as Unit set-up and management, information gathering, and interactions. Complex experiential exercises and discussions will afford students the opportunity to act as each Unit Leaders while connecting all information learned back to real-world application.

Target Group: NIMS ICS Position Specific training should be completed by personnel who are regularly assigned to functional, support, or unit leader positions on Type III or Type IV All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), or by those persons who desire to seek credentials/certification in those positions.

Course Prerequisites: ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300; IS-700, IS-800.

Course Coordinator: Maria Laboy

GIS - Introduction to GIS

Course Dates: January 9-13, 2023

Description: This training course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of using ArcPro and ArcCatalog. Short presentations on geospatial background topics are followed by targeted hands-on exercises which introduce students to the ArcPro interface, spatial data types, spatial data formats, map templates, map symbology, and map layouts. The training also introduces the student to the manipulation of data layers, map symbology, rudimentary spatial analysis, data creation, and editing.

Students will use ArcPro and existing spatial data to create maps that meet the GIS Standard Operating Procedures on Incidents (GSTOP). The course concludes with the creation of a final mapping project using data used and/or created during the class that meets GSTOP standards.

All students must have a computer running a stand-alone version of ArcPro 2.7.3 or higher if possible. Running ArcPro in a Citrix environment is not recommended for the training.

This is not the S-341 GIS Specialist for Incident Management Training Course.

Course Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Identify standard ICS map symbology

  • List the components of STANDALSGD

  • List other cartographic components needed to produce a high-quality product.

  • Produce maps that meet the GSTOP standards.

  • Critique a map on readability and appropriate symbology

  • Describe the capabilities and functionality of ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox.

  • Display, manipulate, create and organize data layers using ArcGIS for Desktop.

  • Use ArcGIS to answer specific spatial questions..

Target Group: Personnel with a role in FACTS data management.

Course Prerequisites: None

Course Coordinator: Tommy Barnes

ICS- 300 Intermediate ICS (FEMA E0300)

Course Dates: January 9-11, 2023

Description: This course provides training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). This course expands upon information covered in the ICS 100 and ICS 200 courses.

Course Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Describe how the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents.

  • Describe the Incident/Event Management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by the Incident Command System (ICS) .

  • Implement the Incident Management process on a simulated Type 3 incident.

  • Develop an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident.

Target Group: Personnel seeking qualifications requiring completion of ICS-300.

Course Prerequisites: Completion of ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-700 & IS-800
Experience using concepts and principles from ICS-100 and ICS-200 in a response or exercise is recommended.

Course Coordinator: Chris Owens

ICS- 400 Advanced ICS (FEMA E0400)

Course Dates: January 12-13, 2023

Description: This course provides training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). This course expands upon information covered in the ICS 100 through ICS 300 courses, which are prerequisites for the ICS 400 course.

Course Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Explain how major incidents engender special management challenges.

  • Describe the circumstances in which an Area Command is established.

  • Describe the circumstances in which Multi-Agency Coordination Systems are established.

Target Group: Personnel seeking qualifications requiring completion of ICS-400.

Course Prerequisites: Completion of ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300 (E0300), IS-700 & IS-800
Experience using concepts and principles from ICS-100, ICS-200, & ICS-300 in an operational environment is recommended.

Course Coordinator: Chris Owens

L-280 Followership to Leadership

Course Dates: January 6-7 and January 11-12 (2 offerings)

Description: This training 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 (Field Leadership Assessment Course). Topics include leadership values and principles, transition challenges for new leaders, situational leadership, team cohesion factors, ethical decision-making, and after action review techniques. Some course delivery may be arduous in nature.

Course Objectives:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental leadership principles.

  • Students will assess their individual traits and motivation for entering into a leadership role.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as a single resource boss.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Experience on incident assignments in operations or support functions.

  • Successful completion of L-180, Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service.

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Coordinator: Doug Phelps

M-410 Facilitative Instructor 

Course Dates: January 9-13, 2023

Description: This training course is designed to help students become effective facilitative instructors. The purpose of this course is to improve training delivery and quality by presenting instructional methods with an emphasis on student-oriented adult training techniques. This course is designed for students to meet NWCG instructor requirements.

Course Objectives: Demonstrate effective facilitative instructor skills while giving three classroom presentations.

Target Group: Personnel who will be instructing NWCG courses.

Course Prerequisites: None.

Course Coordinator: Chris Wilson

Mobile Technology

Course Dates:  January 14, 2023

Description: This training course will introduce students to using mobile technology (i.e., Tablets and Smart Phones) in incident management. Students will use smart devices to download and install maps, collect data, and upload incident data to ArcGIS Online.

Course Objectives: Students will develop proficiency in the following tasks:

  • Download and install maps to the device using a QR code reader.

  • Display maps and collect basic data using Avenza PDF Maps

  • Collect and upload spatial data to incident databases using Field Maps for ArcGIS.

  • Collect and upload spatial data to incident databases using Survey 123 for ArcGIS.

Target Group: New and intermediate users of mobile technology in incident management.

Course Prerequisites: None.

Course Coordinator: Tommy Barnes

N-9059 Crew Resource Management  

Course Dates: January 4; potential for additional sessions January 5 and 6 only if needed. 

Description: This course explains the importance/history of Crew Resource Management (CRM) and introduces the 7 Skills of CRM which include:

• Decision Making

• Assertiveness

• Mission analysis

• Communication

• Leadership

• Adaptability/Flexibility

• Situational Awareness

The N9059 course also promotes the understanding of these concepts through practical skills application demonstrated in facilitated scenarios throughout the course. N9059 meets equivalency requirements for A-310 Overview of Crew Resource Management.

Target Group: USFS Aviation Resources

Course Prerequisites: None.

Course Coordinator: Mike Bot

P-310 Fire Prevention Education Team Member

Course Dates: January 4-7, 2023

Description: This intermediate-level course was developed as part of a multi-course national curriculum covering wildland fire prevention and is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge needed for personnel to participate on a National Fire Prevention Education Team (NFPET).

Course Objectives: The student will demonstrate the skills necessary to perform the field applications of the position of Fire Prevention Education Team Member.

Target Group: Designed to provide intermediate level fire prevention principles and activities and provide references for personnel wanting to serve as a member of a NFPET. It is also useful for fire prevention specialists, fire managers, public information officers, and others who have wildland fire prevention, education, or mitigation responsibilities or who may host an NFPET.

Course Prerequisites: None.

Course Coordinator: Robin Bible

RT-219/A-219 Helicopter Transport of External Cargo Refresher

Course Dates: January 14, 2023

Description: This course reviews/refreshes concepts taught in A-219 and meets the Forest Service triennial refresher training requirement. *There is an option to host the full A-219 course if there is a need. You can sign up for either on the nomination form.*

Target Group: Helicopter crewmembers and managers, and other personnel that work with helicopter transport of external cargo.

Course Prerequisites: A-219

Course Coordinator: Mike Bot

RX-301 Prescribed Fire Implementation/RX-341 Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation 

Course Dates: January 9-13, 2023

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the tools and techniques used to perform in the role of a prescribed fire burn boss. The course material is based on the tasks found in the position task book for prescribed fire burn boss. It leads the student through the duties and responsibilities associated with the position of the prescribed fire burn boss including evaluation and implementation of a prescribed fire plan. This course will also provide students with the skills/knowledge to prepare a prescribed fire plan for technical review and approval in accordance with the Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Reference Guide.

Course Objectives: 

  • Provide students with the information needed to successfully review a prescribed fire burn plan for technical accuracy and implement a prescribed burn.

  • Describe prescribed fire planning policies and guidelines.

  • Identify and describe the processes involved in preparing a prescribed fire plan.

  • Develop and defend a prescribed fire plan that safely meets management objectives.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as prescribed fire burn boss type 2 (RXB2) and personnel involved in or that plan to be involved in the preparation of prescribed fire plans. Other positions that would benefit from this course are firing boss (FIRB), fire effects monitor (FEMO), air regulators, fire ecologists, private landowners, other state and private agencies, prescribed fire consultants, and fire planners.

Course Prerequisites: 

  • Successful completion of Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations (S-390).

  • Proficient in the use of BehavePlus.

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.

  • Qualified as a firing boss (FIRB) and incident commander type 4 (ICT4).

Course Coordinator: Trent Girard

RX-410 Smoke Management Techniques 

Course Dates: January 3-6, 2023 VIRTUAL

Description: This course leads students through the ecological and historical role of fire, characteristics of smoke and the health, safety and visibility impacts of smoke. Other topics include public relations, legal requirements, meteorology, fuel consumption, smoke production dispersion modeling, and operational smoke management strategies. This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains a panel discussion, several exercises designed to facilitate group and class participation and case studies from a variety of fuel types and political challenges. The pre-course work assignment is designed to familiarize students with the NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire, PMS 420-2, and air quality regulations that impact prescribed fire programs.

Course Objectives: The overall objective of this course is to provide land managers with the knowledge to manage smoke and reduce its impacts on public health and welfare. Given existing and potential air quality regulations, political and social sensitivities, students will be able to:

  • Predict, manage, and monitor prescribed fire smoke.

  • Describe the legal, professional, and ethical reasons for managing smoke.

  • Describe the roles of federal, state, and local agencies and organizations involved with and affected by smoke from prescribed fire.

Target Group: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1 (RXB1), Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2),  and the Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN).
Other positions that would benefit from RX-410 include Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO), air regulators, fire ecologists, private landowners, other state and private agencies, prescribed fire consultants, fire planners.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Students should have a background in prescribed fire planning, implementing, monitoring, permitting or smoke/air regulating.

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Coordinator: Brock Campbell

S-130 Basic Wildland Firefighter Field Days

Course Dates: January 5 and January 7, 2023 (2 offerings)

Description: Required field exercise for S-130 - this may be arduous in nature.

Course Objectives: Demonstrate the ability to construct fireline to required standards using various methods, tools and equipment, and techniques.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as entry-level firefighters and support personnel.

Course Prerequisites: Successful completion of S-130 online portion, and S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior.

Course Coordinator: Michael Froelich

S-131 Firefighter Type 1

Course Dates: January 4-5, 2023 VIRTUAL 

Description: This course is a twelve-hour course designed to meet the training needs of the Firefighter Type I (FFT1) and/or Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5). This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains class discussion and several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives. Topics include operational leadership, communications, LCES, and tactical decision making.

Course Objectives:

• Identify position responsibilities and demonstrate the ability to apply principles of Operational Leadership found in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461.
• Describe how to incorporate and maintain open lines of communication with appropriate personnel.
• Identify Look Up, Down, and Around indicators and demonstrate the ability to apply the components of Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (LCES) as described in the IRPG.
• Demonstrate the ability to apply tactical decision-making procedures.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) and/or Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5).

Course Prerequisites: Students must be qualified as Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)

Course Coordinator: David Fiorella

S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander

Course Dates: January 4-5, 2023

Description: This course is designed to meet the training needs of the incident commander type 4 (ICT4). It is presented in a discussion/exercise format. The six instructional units include Foundation Skills; Intelligence Gathering and Documentation; Size Up the Incident; Develop a Plan of Action; Post-fire Activities; Evaluating Incident Objectives and Manage the Incident. Evaluation of the student is by unit tests and performance based evaluations.

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate effective foundation skills (leadership, risk management, and communications) at the ICT4 level.

  • Gather and document essential information about the incident.

  • Size up the incident, develop plan of action.

  • Manage the incident through effective leadership.

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate plan of action and make adjustments to the plan when necessary.

  • Conduct post-fire activities.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).

Course Prerequisites: 

  • Qualified as any single resource boss.

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Coordinator: Doug Phelps

S-203 Introduction to Incident Information

Course Dates: January 9-13, 2023

Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to serve as Public Information Officers (PIOF). The course covers establishing and maintaining an incident information operation, communicating with internal and external audiences, working with the news media, handling special situations, and long term planning and strategy.

Course Objectives: 

  • Students will demonstrate the skills and knowledge of a Public Information Officer (PIOF) by successfully participating in a simulation and passing a written exam.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as Public Information Officer (PIOF).

Course Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Coordinator: Robin Bible

S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

Course Dates: January 4-7, 2023

Description: This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course lessons provide introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chainsaws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Field exercises support entry level training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chainsaw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations.

Course Objectives:

  • Define and apply chainsaw safety standards as required by OSHA and agency handbooks, manuals, directives, and owner’s manuals.

  • Identify and demonstrate basic chainsaw operation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and safety features.

  • Demonstrate the tactical application of chainsaws in fireline construction and mop up operations.

Target Group: Individuals desiring to be qualified as Basic Faller (FAL3), Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB).

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Coordinator: Tommy Barnes

S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface

Course Dates: January 9-11, 2023

Description: This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. Instructional units include firefighter safety in the interface, managing human factors in the interface, pre-incident planning, sizeup and initial strategy, structure triage, structure protection overview, tactics in the interface, tactical operations and resource use in the interface, action assessment, plan update, and after action review.

Course Objectives:

  • Operate safely and effectively in a wildland urban interface incident by using situation awareness, performing structure triage, using pre-planning tools, having a basic understanding of fire behavior, and using strategy and tactics unique to the wildland urban interface environment.

Target Group: Designed to assist any emergency responders who will be planning for and making operational decisions during an interface incident. This course is for personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4), Task Force Leader (TFLD), or any Strike Team Leader.

Course Prerequisites: Qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)

Course Coordinator: David Fiorella

S-219 Firing Operations

Course Dates: January 4-5 and January 9-10 (2 offerings)

Description: This blended 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 Objectives:

  • 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.

Course Prerequisites: Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2).

Course Coordinator: Doug Phelps

S-230 Crew Boss (Single Resource)

Course Dates: January 4, 2023

Description: This course was developed using a blended approach to learning. Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course and pass an online assessment prior to taking the instructor-led training (ILT). The focus of the online training is to teach knowledge and concepts. The ILT will reinforce the content learned online and provide opportunities to apply this knowledge to real-world scenarios and practical exercises. Upon completion of the ILT, students must then take and pass a final assessment in order to receive credit for the course. The final assessment covers content from both the online and ILT portions of the course.

Course Objectives: 

  • Describe crew boss responsibilities prior to and during mobilization, on the incident, and during demobilization.

  • Identify the hazards and risks on various incidents and describe how to mitigate them.

  • Describe tactics which are appropriate to various wildland fire situations and procedures to implement them through the chain of command.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as any single resource boss.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).

  • Successful completion of Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290). 

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.​

Course Coordinator: Mike Housh

S-231 Engine Boss (Single Resource)

Course Dates: January 5, 2023

Description: This course was developed using a blended approach to learning. Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course and pass an online assessment prior to taking the ILT. The focus of this online training is to teach knowledge and concepts. The ILT will reinforce the content learned online and provide opportunities to apply this knowledge to real-world scenarios and practical exercises. Upon completion of the ILT, students must then take and pass a final assessment in order to receive credit for the course. The final assessment covers content from both the online and ILT portions of the course.

Course Objectives: 

  • Perform the tasks of an Engine Boss in making the tactical decisions required to safely manage an engine on an incident.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as Engine Boss, single resource (ENGB).

Course Prerequisites: 

  • Qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).

  • Successful completion of S-230, Crew Boss (Single Resource) (CRWB) (instructor led or blended delivery).

Course Coordinator: Mike Housh

S-236 Heavy Equipment Boss (Single Resource)

Course Dates: January 4-6, 2023

Description: This is a skill course designed to meet the training needs of a Heavy Equipment Boss, Single Resource (HEQB) on an incident as outlined in the NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, and the position task book developed for the position. Primary considerations are tactical use and safety precautions required to establish and maintain an effective dozer operation. A field exercise is required as part of the course.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the administrative duties and procedures required of an HEQB.

  • Identify and demonstrate the heavy equipment inspection process and related duties of an HEQB.

  • Demonstrate the actions required of an HEQB to safely and effectively complete an assignment.

  • Discuss relevant information and methods for communication and tactics related to heavy equipment.

  • Identify the process of preparing for an all-hazard assignment.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as Heavy Equipment Boss, Single Resource (HEQB).

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Coordinator: Michael Froelich

S-260 Interagency Incident Business Management 

Course Dates: January 4-7, 2023 (Blended with S-261)

Description: This course meets the general training needs of all positions for which an understanding of interagency incident business management is required. The NWCG Standards for Interagency Incident Business Management, PMS 902, is used as the primary job aid to supplement this course. It provides basic policy and direction for incident business management.

Course Objectives:

Given the NWCG Standards for Interagency Incident Business Management, PMS 902, students will locate and apply the appropriate regulations, established interagency procedures, and necessary forms for each of the following incident management areas:

  • Application of conduct and ethics in incident support

  • Recruitment, classification, pay provisions and timekeeping/recording, commissary, injury compensation, and travel

  • Acquisition

  • Managing and tracking government property

  • Interagency coordination and cooperation

  • Investigating, documenting, and reporting claims

  • Containing incident costs

  • All Hazard Incidents

Target Group: All ICS positions and personnel seeking knowledge of incident business management.

Course Prerequisites: None.

Course Coordinator: Maria Laboy

S-261 Applied Interagency Incident Business Management 

Course Dates: January 4-7, 2023 (Blended with S-260)

Description: This is an instructor-led course designed for entry-level finance positions. The format is a mix of exercises, facilitated group discussions, and lecture supported by PowerPoint presentations. Students work directly from the NWCG Standards for Interagency Incident Business Management, PMS 902 for most of the exercises.

S-261, Applied Interagency Incident Business Management, is designed to be taken after completion of S-260, Interagency Incident Business Management.

Course Objectives:

At the successful completion of this course, students will describe roles and responsibilities, and demonstrate proficiency in the skills/knowledge required to perform the tasks of the following positions:

  • Equipment Time Recorder (EQTR)

  • Compensation for Injury Specialist (INJR)

  • Claims Specialist (CLMS)

  • Personnel Time Recorder (PTRC)

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as one or more of the financial positions: Equipment Time Recorder (EQTR), Compensation for Injury Specialist (INJR), Claims Specialist (CLMS), or Personnel Time Recorder (PTRC).

Course Prerequisites: None.

Course Coordinator: Maria Laboy

S-262 Incident Contract Project Inspector

Course Dates: January 4-6, 2023

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to tools and techniques used to perform the duties of the Incident Contract Project Inspector (ICPI). The course provides an overview of what students can expect if dispatched to an incident. It also provides general information on basic contract administration, types of equipment that will be inspected, and an opportunity to inspect equipment if the optional field day is completed.

Course Objectives:

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret contract specifications.

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic contract administration.

  • Perform equipment inspections.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Contract Project Inspector (ICPI).

Course Prerequisites: None.​

Course Coordinator: Maria Laboy

S-270 Basic Air Operations

Course Dates: January 13-14, 2023

Description: This course covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas. Note: The regulations, procedures, and policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency and ICS operations. State, county, or other political subdivisions using this course will need to consult their agency having jurisdiction with respect to regulations, procedures and policies. Refer to the Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Guide for IAT Acourse equivalencies: https://www.iat.gov/.

Course Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this course, the student will have obtained the basic understanding of the different functions of Air Operations.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as Single Engine Airtanker Manager (SEMG), Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB), Aircraft Dispatcher (ACDP), and other positions that require basic knowledge of aviation operations. 

Course Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Coordinator: Mike Bot

S-271 Helicopter Crew Member 

Course Dates: January 9-13, 2023

Description: This is a combined classroom/field course designed to provide student proficiency in all areas of the tactical and logistical use of helicopters to achieve efficiency and standardization. Topics include aviation safety, aircraft capabilities and limitations, aviation life support equipment, aviation mishap reporting, pre-flight checklist and briefing/debriefing, aviation transportation of hazardous materials, crash survival, helicopter operations, helicopter field exercise. Refer to the Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Guide for IAT A-course equivalencies: https://www.iat.gov/.

Course Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate proficiency in all identified areas of helicopter use to safely achieve efficiency and standardization.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as a Helicopter Crewmember (HECM). 

Course Prerequisites:

  • Fire personnel: Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).

  • Non-fire personnel: None.

Course Coordinator: Mike Bot

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior 

Course Dates: January 6-7, 2023

Description: This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective fireline 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. Fire environment differences are discussed as necessary; instructor should stress local conditions.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify and describe the characteristics of fuels, weather, and topography that influence wildland fire behavior.

  • Describe the interaction of fuels, weather, and topography on wildland fire behavior, fireline tactics, and safety.

  • Describe the causes of extreme fire behavior conditions (long range spotting, crowning, and fire whirls) that develop due to weather, fuels, and/or topography.

  • Interpret, communicate, apply, and document wildland fire behavior and weather information.​

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as any single resource boss or Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO). 

Course Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior.

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.​

Course Coordinator: Chris Owens

S-330 Task Force/Strike Team Leader 

Course Dates: January 4-6, 2023

Description: This course is designed to meet the training requirements outlined in NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1 and the position task books developed for the positions of Task Force Leader and Strike Team Leader. Most examples and exercises in this package are specific to wildland fire suppression, although some all-hazards exercises are included.

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the Risk Management Process found in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461 to various incidents.

  • Identify and describe the responsibilities of a Task Force/Strike Team Leader (TFLD/STCRSTENSTEQ).

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate tactics with assigned resources organized into strike teams or task forces.​

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as task force leader (TFLD) or any strike team leader. 

Course Prerequisites:

  • Qualified as any single resource boss.

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.​

Course Coordinator: Trent Girard

S-372 Helicopter Management 

Course Dates: January 10-13, 2023

Description: This course prepares students to perform the job of Helicopter Manager (HMGB). Unit lectures supported by PowerPoint slides and graphics are designed to facilitate class discussion and group exercises. The final exercise gives students a realistic Helicopter Manager experience; in addition to answering test questions, the student completes necessary forms required by the position.

Course Objectives:

  • Perform the tasks required of a Helicopter Manager (HMGB) trainee. Through simulation and exercises, students obtain the skill to competently and safely manage a helicopter to support incident and project helicopter operations.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as Helicopter Manager (HMGB). 

Course Prerequisites: Satisfactory performance as Helicopter Crewmember (HECM).

Course Coordinator: Mike Bot

S-390 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations 

Course Dates: January 9-13, 2023

Description: This course is designed to introduce fire behavior calculations by manual methods, using nomograms and the Fireline Handbook Appendix B: Fire Behavior, PMS 410-2. Students gain an understanding of the determinants of fire behavior though studying inputs (weather, slope, fuels, and fuel moisture). Students also learn how to interpret fire behavior outputs, documentation processes, and fire behavior briefing components.

Course Objectives:

  • List the assumptions, limitations, and appropriate uses of fire behavior prediction models.

  • Describe how environmental factors and processes affect fire behavior predictions and safety.

  • Define and interpret fire behavior prediction model inputs.

  • Calculate fire behavior outputs using available fire behavior processors.

  • Interpret, communicate, apply, and document wildland fire behavior and weather information.

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS), Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2), or Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3). 

Course Prerequisites:

  • Intermediate S-290, Wildland Fire Behavior.

  • Qualified as any single resource boss.

  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.

Course Coordinator: Chris Owens

S-481 Incident Business Advisor 

Course Dates: January 9-11, 2023

Description: This course is designed to prepare students to become an Incident Business Advisor (INBA) resource for all hazard incidents. Topics include preparation for an assignment, interactions/activities, and relationship to cost objectives.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the basic framework of the INBA position.

  • Understand the relationship between the Agency Administrator and the INBA.

  • Identify the individual skills and abilities needed to perform as a successful INBA.​

Target Group: Personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Business Advisor (INBA).

Course Prerequisites:

  • Experience working with complex organizations such as Area Command, Multi-Agency Coordinating (MAC) Group, Unified Command, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),

OR

  • Experience working with Incident Management Teams, interagency cooperators, and additional support organizations during incidents,

OR

  • Satisfactory performance as a unit leader or Section Chief Type 1 or Type 2,

OR

  • Working incident business management knowledge acquired through incident assignments or as a business leader on an agency unit.

Course Coordinator: Maria Laboy