Boulder Mountain trains firefighter candidates over seven days. There are both theoretical and field components. We use a “Performance Based” method developed over many years to train forest fire fighters in the US. We have trained firefighters with this material for over ten years and find it superior to methods we’d used previously. It covers in greater detail all course content required for BC contract firefighters plus additional subjects.
We hold the fitness test first thing: 45 pound pack, three miles under 45 minutes.
S-190 – Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (6 to 8 hours)
S-130 Firefighter Training (48 to 50 hours)
Optional Units (depending on time)
Most of the classroom theory component is related to safety. This includes reading and discussing the Boulder Mountain Safety Plan and Safe Work Procedures.
The field component puts safe work procedures into practice while performing tasks similar if not identical to what is done on fires. Trainees learn to work safely and efficiently with the Unimog wildland engine. Live fire is used to help put theory into practice.
Returning Firefighters must retrain yearly to maintain their currency. This takes place prior to the fire season and consists of:
Prior to the fire season, we hold training session/barbecues every couple of weeks. In previous years, we’ve had as topics:
As well as the previous, some topics we’re reviewing for the coming season include:
Even first year firefighters who exhibit the proper qualities can begin the transition from followership to leadership. We always work in pairs, which allow firefighters to show initiative, communication skills and quality control.
People with the right “stuff” and experience can be chosen for additional training and responsibilities. These often work as a Squad Boss’s “second”, helping to supervise in the SB’s absence.
There is a clear path to advancement, starting with training, then working to complete performance based ‘tasks’ in their Task Book.