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Apply on-line now for Colorado Firecamp's upcoming S-130/190 Basic Firefighter classes:

  • Oct 15-18, 2015 or
  • Nov 12-15, 2015 or
  • Dec. 10-13, 2015 or
  • Jan. 7-10, 2016 or
  • Feb. 4-7, 2016 or
  • Mar. 3-6, 2016 or
  • Mar. 31- Apr. 3, 2016 or
  • Apr. 21-24, 2016
    (8:00 am Thu.-5:00 pm Sun.)

Cost: $475 ($525 in 2016) includes tuition, books, meals & lodging. Agency sponsorship is not required. The pack test is offered on Sunday of each class. Apply online now.

List of items needed for class is posted with S-130/190 class details.

Daily bus service to Salida departs from downtown Denver at 1:45 pm with a one-way cost of about $26 on Arrow/Black Hills Stage Lines. Hourly shuttles RTD SkyRide AF between Denver International Airport and downtown Denver, cost $11 each way. Schedule your flight arrival time for 11:30 am or earlier on the day prior to your class start for the bus connections to Salida. Extra night of lodging costs $35. Firecamp staff will pick-up and drop-off students at the bus stop in Salida at no charge.

Information about finding a job as a wildland firefighter.

South Canyon Fire witness statement — Tony Petrilli, 1994

Introduction to ICS

S-130 Instructor Evaluation

Firefighter 2 Tasks

Interagency Media Guidelines for Wildland Fires—March, 2004

S-130/190 Firefighter Training
and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico ran this feature
about Will Pacheco, a student from Los Alamos who attended
S-130/190 Basic Firefighter, #140 in March, 2014

S-130 Firefighter Training self-paced CD  S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior self-paced CD

“Firefighters have to be strong enough to use their own minds all the time and brave enough to be afraid.  If you find yourself working with a crew that is not afraid of fire, find one that is.  First-year crew members need to be told that rules get broken, that safety is not always first.  They need to be told that their incident commander can get them killed without losing his or her job.  It is an absolute fraud to tell them less.”

— Ken Weaver, father of Devin Weaver who died at the Thirtymile Fire

Risk management process

San Juan Hotshots promo video

If this guy can be a wildland firefighter,
why can't you???

Senator Richard M. Nixon on roof of his home in Los Angeles, putting out fires caused by brush blaze.
LIFE Magazine photo of Sen. Richard Nixon in 1961 spraying down the shake shingle roof of his house. Who says "stay-and-defend" is an Austrailian invention?

Google has digitized the complete LIFE archive of images, including 200 pictures from Helena, Montana at the time of the Mann Gulch Fire in 1949.


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