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Colorado Firecamp, Wildland Firefighter Training

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Payment is expected at the time of application, unless arrangements are made to invoice agency or fire department. We allow students to re-schedule once to another class once within a year of the original session at no charge, except for increase in tuition, if applicable. Agencies are allowed to transfer enrollment to another student one time. A fee of $150 is charged for cancelling a class registration entirely.


Quick-links to Classes:
Fire Instructor I

Fire Officer I
Medical First Responder
S-130/190, Firefighter 2
S-131/133/211, Firefighter 1
S-212, Sawyer/Faller
S-230/231, Crew Boss/Engine Boss
S-234, Ignition Operations


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E-mail or call (719) 539-9329 if you have any questions.


Course coordinator is Doreen White, e-mail: learn@coloradofirecamp.com. Telephone: (719) 539-9329. Course location is Salida, Colorado.

Fax form to (719) 530-0316 or mail form to:

Colorado Firecamp, 9008 County Road 240, Salida, CO 81201


Colorado Firecamp accepts payment by cash, check or Visa/MasterCard.


Bus transportation from downtown Denver to Salida costs about $26 one-way on Arrow/Black Hills Stage Lines. For shuttle between Denver International Airport and downtown Denver, the RTD SkyRide AF runs hourly for $10 each way.

Note: Prices shown include tuition, lodging, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals generally begin with breakfast the first day served at 7:30 am and continue through lunch on last day of class. Meals to accomodate vegetarian, vegan, and special diets are available, if requested in advance.

A discounted price excluding lodging is offered to the local member agencies (units) of the Upper Arkansas Valley Wildfire Council and the Headwaters Training Officers Association.

 

 

 

 

 

NWCG and IFSTA firefighter training
Salida, Colorado - Fall/Winter, 2014-'15



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Firefighter 2 (FFT2, entry-level red card)

 

dates

prerequisites

cost

S-130/190 Basic Firefighter & Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (includes I-100 Introduction to ICS & L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline)

Arduous pack test (3 mile walk carrying 45 lb. pack in 45 minutes or less) offered with each class.
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  • Nov. 13-16, 2014 or
  • Dec. 11-14, 2014 or
  • Jan. 8-11, 2015 or
  • Feb. 5-8, 2015 or
  • Mar. 5-8, 2015 or
  • Apr. 9-12, 2015 or
  • Apr. 30 - May 3, 2015 or
  • May 14-17, 2015 or
  • May 28-31, 2015 or
  • June 11-14, 2015 or
  • June 25-28, 2015 or
  • July 16-19, 2015 or
  • Aug. 6-9, 2015 or
  • Aug. 27-30, 2015 or
  • Sep. 17-20, 2015 or
  • Oct 15-18, 2015 or
  • Nov 12-15, 2015 or
  • Dec. 10-13, 2015 or
  • Jan. 7-10, 2016
    8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.

none

$475

RT-130 Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training
Includes optional work capacity test (light, moderate, or arduous duty, as needed for position.)

  • Mar. 7, 2015 or
  • Apr. 11, 2015 or
  • May 2, 2015 or
  • May 16, 2015 or
  • May 30, 2015 or
  • June 13, 2015 or
  • June 27, 2015
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat.

none

$100

Firefighter 1 (FFT1)

 

dates

prerequisites

cost

S-131 Firefighter Type 1; S-133 Look Up, Look Down, Look Around; S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use; and Introduction to Fire Signature Predictions
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  • Nov. 13-15, 2014
    (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sat.
    )
  • Jan. 9-11, 2015 or
  • May 1-3, 2015
    (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • Apr. 13-15, 2015 or
  • June 1-3, 2015 or
  • Aug 10-12, 2015 or
  • Oct. 5-7, 2015
    (8:00 am Mon. — 5:00 pm Wed.)

S-130/190, FFT2

$375

S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws
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  • Apr. 16-19, 2015 or
  • May 14-17, 2015 or
  • June 4-7, 2015 or
  • June 25-28, 2015 or
  • Aug. 13-16, 2015 or
  • Sep. 17-20, 2015 or
  • Oct. 8-11, 2015 or
  • Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2015
    (8:00 am Thu. 5:00 pm Sun.
    )
  • Apr. 27-30, 2015 or
  • July 20-23, 2015 or
  • Aug. 31 - Sep. 3, 2015
    (8:00 am Mon. 5:00 pm Thu. )

S-130/190 (none, if on chainsaw project crew)

$575

S-219 Firing Operations (formerly S-234 Ignition Operations)

  • May 1-3, 2015
    (
    8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
    or
  • June 1-3, 2015 or
  • Oct. 5-7, 2015
    (8:00 am Mon. — 5:00 pm Wed.)

FFT2

$375

Single Resource Boss and Incident Commander Type 4

 

dates

prerequisites

cost

S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander
  • Apr. 11-12, 2015
    8:00 am Sat. — 5:00 pm Sun.

Any single resource boss

$275

S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface

  • Apr. 27-29, 2015
    8:00 am Mon. — 5:00 pm Wed.

FFT1

$375

S-230 Crew Boss (single resource) & S-231 Engine Boss
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  • Apr. 9-12, 2015
  • Oct. 15-18, 2015
    8:00 am Thu.-5:00 pm Sun.

S-290, FFT1

$475

Felling Boss
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  • Apr 17-19, 2015
    8:00 am Fri.-5:00 pm Sun.

S-212

$375

S-236 Heavy Equipment Boss

  • Mar. 27-29, 2015
    8:00 am Fri.-5:00 pm Sun.

FFT1

$375

S-244 Field Observer
  • Mar. 27-29, 2015
    8:00 am Fri.-5:00 pm Sun.

S-290; FOBS: any single resource boss
or
FEMO: FFT2

$375

L-280 Followership to Leadership
  • Apr. 25-26, 2015
    8:00 am Sat. — 5:00 pm Sun.

L-180

$275

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior 

  • Nov. 16-19, 2014
    8:00 am Sun. — 5:00 pm Wed.
  • Apr. 23-26, 2015 or
  • Oct. 1-4, 2015
    8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.

S-190

$475

Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I & Medical First Responder (preparation for Colorado state certification)

 

dates

prerequisites

cost

Fire Instructor I (equivalent to M-410, Facilitative Instructor, based on IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor curriculum)
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  • Jan. 22-25, 2015
  • Apr. 16-19, 2015
  • July 16-19, 2015
  • Oct. 22-25, 2015
    8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.

Any wildland or structural firefighting certification.

$525 ($475 if student provides own textbook)

Fire Officer I
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  • Jan. 14-18, 2015
    8:00 am Wed. — 5:00 pm Sun.

Firefighter II structural certification

$550

Medical First Responder
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  • 6:00 pm Wed. — 5:00 pm Sun.
First Aid / CPR certification $550

Fire Instructor I (equivalent to M-410 Facilitative Instructor), $525 ($475, if student provides own textbook)
Jan. 22-25, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Apr. 16-19, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
July 16-19, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)

32-hour class based upon IFSTA “Fire and Emergency Services Instructor,” 8th edition, designed to prepare the student to meet the job performance requirements (JPR’s) contained in NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications (2012) for the position of Fire Instructor, level I. This class is equivalent to NWCG’s M-410, “Facilitative Instructor.” Includes pre-course reading, project assignments, and Colorado state proctored JPR practical.

Read more about the Fire Instructor I class.


RT-130 Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training, $100
Mar. 7, 2015 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat.) or
Apr. 11, 2015 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat.) or
May 2, 2015 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat.) or
May 16, 2015 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat.) or
May 30, 2015 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat.) or
June 13, 2015 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat.) or
June 27, 2015 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat.)

(2015, 8 hours) Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training should be designed to provide up to date fireline safety information to employees holding Incident Command System qualifications requiring this training per the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide. Individual sessions of Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training should contain content pertinent to the registered students.
Course prerequisites - None.


S-130/190 Firefighting Training and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, $475
Nov. 13-16, 2014 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Dec. 11-14, 2014 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Jan. 8-11, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Feb. 5-8, 2015
(8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Mar. 5-8, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Apr. 9-12, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Apr. 30 - May 3, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
May 14-17, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
May 28-31, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
June 11-14, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
June 25-28, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
July 16-19, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Aug. 6-9, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Aug. 27-30, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Sep. 17-20, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Oct 15-18, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Nov 12-15, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Dec. 10-13, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)or
Jan. 7-10, 2016 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)

(2004, 32 hours) S-130 is designed to provide entry level firefighter skills. Many of the units are set up so they can be taught in either the classroom or the field; field time is encouraged. A version of L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline and I-100, Introduction to ICS has been included as part of this course. Credit is issued for S-130, S-190, L-180, and I-100 upon completion of this course. S-190 provides instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. S-190 is typically taught in conjunction with or prior to Basic Firefighter Training, S-130. It is designed to meet the fire behavior training needs of a firefighter type 2 (FFT2) on an incident as outlined in the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide and the position task book developed for the position.
Course prerequisites - None.

Read more about the S-130/190 class.


S-131 Firefighter Type 1 Training, S-133 Look up, Look Down, Look Around, S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use & Introduction to Fire Signature Predictions, $375
Jan. 9-11, 2015 (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Apr. 13-15, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. — 5:00 pm Wed.) or
May 1-3, 2015 (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
June 1-3, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. — 5:00 pm Wed.) or
Aug 10-12, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. — 5:00 pm Wed.) or
Oct. 5-7, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. — 5:00 pm Wed.)

S-131, (2004, 8 hours) Firefighter Type 1 Training, S-131, is an eight-hour course designed to meet the training needs of the Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives and class discussion. Topics include: fireline reference materials, communications, and tactical decision making.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as a firefighter, type 2 (FFT2)
.

S-133, (2009, 4 hours) This course is designed to train Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) and Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) to identify environmental factors and indicators of hazardous fire conditions, and how to use these indicators when implementing the Risk Management Process. The course is CD-based classroom course, based on facilitated exercises.

S-211, (2012, 24 hours) This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills to design, setup, operate, troubleshoot, and shut down portable water delivery systems. The focus is on portable pumps – it does not address water delivery for engines. Topics covered include: portable water delivery systems; equipment; roles and responsibilities; and system design and hydraulics. There is also a field exercise where students will apply what they learned in the classroom.
Course prerequisites - None.

The NWCG course content will be supplemented with information from “The Campbell Prediction System” and Doug Campbell's CPS Solutions™ to tragedy fires.

Read more about the S-131/133/211 class.


S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander, $275
Apr. 11-12, 2015 (8:00 am Sat. — 5:00 pm Sun.)

(2007) This course is designed to meet the training needs of the ICT4. It is presented in a discussion/exercise format. The six instructional units cover: Foundation Skills; Intelligence Gathering and Documentation; Size Up the Incident; Develop a Plan of Action; Post-fire Activities; Evaluating Incident Objectives and Manage the Incident. Evaluation of the student is by unit tests and performance based evaluations.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as any single resource boss.


S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws, $575
Apr. 16-19, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Apr. 27-30, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. 5:00 pm Thu. ) or
May 14-17, 2015
(8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
June 4-7, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
June 25-28, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
July 20-23, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. 5:00 pm Thu. ) or
Aug. 13-16, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Aug. 31 - Sep. 3, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. 5:00 pm Thu. ) or
Sep. 17-20, 2015
(8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Oct. 8-11, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)

(2012) This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course lessons provide introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Field exercises support entry level training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2) for fireline qualification, or none, if on chainsaw project crew.

Note: Precourse work is Wildland Fire Chain Saw Glossary, along with list of equipment needed for class. Also read the 2006 USFS Region 2 chain saw policy to learn more about sawyer training and certification.


S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface, $375
Apr. 27-29, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. 5:00 pm Wed.)

(2003) This course is designed to assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface.

Instructional units include: interface awareness, size-up, initial strategy and incident action plan, structure triage, structure protection tactics, incident action plan assessment and update, follow-up and public relations, and firefighter safety in the interface.

The course requires a minimum of 28 hours for completion. If the optional exercises at the end of the tactics unit are used or a field exercise is included additional course time is needed. Instructors are encouraged to extend the course to 32 hours and add a field exercise covering size-up, structure triage, tactics, and any other local area training as appropriate.
Course prerequisites -

Wildland Fire Agencies: Students must be Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) qualified.
Structural Fire Departments: Students should have completed Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180), Firefighter Training (S-130), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), and Firefighter Type 1 (S-131); or equivalent training.

Students attending this course must be knowledgeable of their agency firefighting policy as it relates to wildland/urban interface fires.


S-219 Firing Operations (formerly 234 Ignition Operations), $375
May 1-3, 2015 (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
June 1-3, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. — 5:00 pm Wed.) or
Oct. 5-7, 2015 (8:00 am Mon. — 5:00 pm Wed.)

(2009) This course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a firing boss (FIRB), common firing devices, and general firing operations and techniques. Although comprehensive in nature, the coursework is not a substitute for the dynamic fire environment. The course provides students with important information concerning general tasks required to be successful. Any opportunity to show students a small prescribed burn or demonstrate how devices operate in the field will promote transferring these new skills to the job. Due to the wide variety and capabilities of sponsors presenting this course, the field exercise portion of the class is not defined. Therefore, the cadre and sponsoring unit are responsible for planning field exercises and demonstrations in accordance with their capabilities.
Course prerequisites - FFT2 (S-130/190.).


S-230 Crew Boss & S-231 Engine Boss, $475
Apr. 9-12, 2015 (8:00 am Thu.-5:00 pm Sun.) or
Oct. 15-18, 2015 (8:00 am Thu.-5:00 pm Sun.)

S-230 (2004) This is a classroom course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of duties associated with the single resource boss position from initial dispatch through demobilization to the home unit. Topics include: operational leadership, preparation and mobilization, assignment preparation, risk management, entrapment avoidance, safety and tactics, offline duties, demobilization, and post incident responsibilities.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as firefighter type 1 (FFT1).
Successful completion of Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290).

S-231 (2004) This is a skill course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of the duties associated with engine boss, single resource (ENGB). Topics include: engine and crew capabilities and limitations, information sources, fire size-up considerations, tactics, and wildland/urban interface.
Course prerequisites - Crew Boss, Single Resource (S-230).
Qualified as a firefighter type 1 (FFT1).


S-236 Heavy Equipment Boss, $375
Mar. 27-29, 2015 (8:00 am Fri.-5:00 pm Sun.)

(2013) This is a skill course is designed to meet the training needs of a Heavy Equipment Boss on an incident as outlined the PMS 310-1 and the Position Task Book developed for the position. Primary considerations are tactical use and safety precautions required to establish and maintain an effective dozer operation. A field exercise is required as part of the course.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as firefighter type 1 (FFT1).


S-244 Field Observer, $375
Mar. 27-29, 2015 (8:00 am Fri.-5:00 pm Sun.)

(2007) This course provides students with the skills necessary to perform as a field observer (FOBS) and/or a fire effects monitor (FEMO). Topics include roles and responsibilities of the FOBS and FEMO; how to make observations and document those observations; how to produce hand drawn and GPS field maps; and how to navigate using a compass and GPS. The navigation unit has 4½ hours of field exercises and the final field exercise is 8 hours. For pre-course work, students need to read and complete exercises in Basic Land Navigation (NFES 2865).
Course prerequisites - S-290; FOBS: Qualified as any single resource boss or
FEMO: Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2)


L-280 Followership to Leadership, $275
Apr. 25-26, 2015 (8:00 am Sat. 5:00 pm Sun.)

(2008) This training course is designed as a self-assessment opportunity for individuals preparing to step into a leadership role. The course combines one day of classroom instruction followed by a second day in the field with students working through a series of problem solving events in small teams (Field Leadership Assessment Course). Topics include leadership values and principles, transition challenges for new leaders, situational leadership, team cohesion factors, ethical decisionmaking, and after action review techniques. Some course delivery may be arduous in nature.
Course prerequisites - Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180).


S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, $475
Nov. 16-19, 2014 (8:00 am Sun. — 5:00 pm Wed.
Apr. 23-26, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.) or
Oct. 1-4, 2015 (8:00 am Thu. 5:00 pm Sun.)

(2007) This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. It is the second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills. This course may be presented throughout the United States. Fire environment differences are discussed as necessary, and instructor should stress local conditions.
Course prerequisites - Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190).


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