wildfire

Training Standard

Beginning firefightersFirefighting Trainees

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.

Course Content:

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)

  • Basic Terminology
  • Firefighter Preparedness
  • Incident Command System Overview – I-100
  • Resource Types
  • Watch Out Situations and Firefighting Orders
  • LCES (Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes and Safety Zones)
  • Fire Shelter training including Fire Entrapment Avoidance
  • L-180 – Potential Hazards and Human Factors on the Fireline
  • Transportation Safety
  • Hand Tools
  • Firing Devices
  • Use of Water
  • Suppression
  • Patrolling
  • Radio Communication
  • Mop-up and Securing the Fireline
  • Fire Exercises
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Wildland/Urban Interface Safety
  • Pump Operations

Optional Units (depending on time)

  • Map Reading and Use of the Compass
  • Wildland Fire Investigation
  • Cultural Resources

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.

Annual Refresher Training

Returning Firefighters must retrain yearly to maintain their currency. This takes place prior to the fire season and consists of:

  • Fitness Test – 45# pack, three miles under 45 minutes
  • Fire Shelter refresher and proficiency test
  • Safety Refresher
  • National Emphasis Topic Discussion

Additional Training

Prior to the fire season, we hold training session/barbecues every couple of weeks. In previous years, we’ve had as topics:

  • GPS use
  • Map & Compass use
  • Pump Rodeos
  • LCES simulations
  • Camp set-up
  • Working with the Unimog Wildland Engine

As well as the previous, some topics we’re reviewing for the coming season include:

  • A First-Aid Simulation
  • Readying the trucks for a fire, then a truck rodeo

Advancement

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.

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