Make sure that your briefings are now including important health and safety considerations for working wildland fire during the time of COVID-19. The new “Fire and COVID-19 Briefing Checklist Decal” from the NWCG can be printed at home / work or ordered from NWCG in mid-July. Visit the NWCG download page to choose a color and download the decal pdf to stick on your IRPG.Continue Reading
Our partners at the University of Florida Natural Areas Training Academy are offering an online section of the NWCG S-131 training course in June. Registration is online $35. Register by June 1, 2020.
S-131: Firefighter Type I
Due to the effects of COVID-19, this workshop will take place in an entirely VIRTUAL FORMAT
This is a National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course designed for individuals with wildland fire experience who are currently qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2), and who desire to be qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) in the National Interagency Incident Management System: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1).
Online component: complete 7.5 hours of work (pre-recorded lectures, readings, and quizzes) at your own pace anytime between June 1 and June 15, 2020
Live virtual component: join us via Zoom for a live session (group exercises and discussions) on June 16, 2020
This course will explore fireline reference materials, communications, tactical decision making, position responsibilities, and operational leadership.
All participants should have wildland fire experience and must have evidence of having completed S-130/190 (Basic Wildland Firefighter training) prior to this course. Please plan to have your IRPG with you during the live session.
Registration closes June 1, 2020. Register here.
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Planning for the impacts of the novel coronavirus on wildland fire operations has been a hot topic lately. See this guide (NWCG Infectious Disease Guidance for Wildland Fire Incidents) from the NWCG Emergency Medical Committee for recommendations and considerations when planning for wildland fire incident management activities. Remember that this guide:
“…does not supersede the guidance or direction of local health authorities but supplements existing direction from them.”