Basic Wildland Fire Suppression Orientation is a videotape which provides essential information for individuals interested in wildland fire management. It may be used as a companion to S-130, Firefighter Training, and is particularly useful for indoctrination of non-fire management employees to the world of wildland fire. The video provides information on personal preparedness and responsibility, mobilization, incident procedures, proper clothing and equipment, and living conditions in wildland fire camps. The NWCG Fireline Handbook, PMS 410-1, and Introduction to the Incident Command System, I-100, should be provided to students at the time the video is shown.
Provide new personnel and non-fire management employees with introductory information about wildland fire management.
Course Components and Hours to Complete
Hours to complete
Online course module(s)
Instructor-led units (completed in a classroom)
Personnel without previous wildland fire position experience.
Minimum Course Administrator/Instructor Qualifications
A course administrator experienced in wildland fire must be available in person, by phone, or by email to assist the student during the completion of this course.
Also see Instructor Certification at the beginning of the Field Managers Course Guide.
This video has been analyzed by NWCG training in Fall 2010. The information in the video is still current except for two changes to be aware of:
Resource Orders: Resource orders are now generated by the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS). You will receive a copy of a resource order from your local dispatch office that is generated by ROSS and will contain all the same informaion as mentioned in the video.
Commissary: Commissary's are no longer available. Due to the fourteen day assignment change it was agreed that there was no longer a need for commisary at incidents.
It is suggested that the course administrator become familiar with the video content. Because this 15 minute video is available online as a self-paced course, students and instructors/course administrators can view this basic orientation to wild fire suppression any time and from any device that is able to connect to and display internet content. Further, to help determine if a student actually viewed the video, the course administrator should have a conversation with the student asking some questions about the video's content to ensure the student learned key points. Upon successful demonstration of the student's knowledge of the video, the course administrator should sign a NWCG certificate of completion to present to the student.
FAQ Question: Where can I find a course administrator?
Answer: Through your agency or state fire staff. Students must be affiliated with an NWCG member agency (through direct membership or agreement) or a member of a fire department to be eligible to participate in NWCG training. If you are part of a local government agency please contact your State Forestry office to request their "sponsorship" for NWCG training.
If you are eligible to take NWCG training, contact your local fire training office or sponsor to request a course administrator. If you are qualified as a course administrator by the requirements set forth in the Field Managers Course Guide, no permission from NWCG is needed to fulfill that role.