Developed by the NWCG Smoke Committee, the Smoke and Roadway Safety Guide provides wildland fire personnel the tools and methods to effectively plan and forecast for roadway smoke impacts and to monitor, respond to, and mitigate smoke on roadways to reduce the risk to the public and fire personnel.Continue Reading
In a pandemic environment, remote learning is becoming a necessity for NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) courses. To help keep firefighters fireline-ready, instructors need to adapt traditionally in-person courses for non-traditional classrooms. This training will be co-instructed by North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange Network communications and education specialists and Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact training working team members with decades of experience in fireline instruction. This workshop will give fireline course instructors the tools they need to confidently and independently apply best practices to teach traditionally in-person courses in a digital environment.
This training will include:
– Fundamentals of virtual teaching and learning
– Adaptations and best practices for fireline teaching
– Practice preparing and implementing a lesson plan in the virtual environment
Worried about being on Zoom for a few hours? Don’t be! We have strategically placed breaks included in the agenda. In addition, this is an interactive training – we expect all participants to fully dive in and generate ideas so they can walk away with an action plan. While we understand that distractions sometimes come up, we will ask everyone to model engaged student behaviors. Participants will be expected to use video and audio to interact with the workshop instructors and in small groups.
Please note that the following pre-reading is required in order to fully participate in the workshop:
– Pre-course Materials (read linked articles as applicable)
– Instructor checklist
– Student checklist
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.”