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Course Description

This course addresses the foundational skills universal to all wildland firefighters. The material is divided into 12 online modules (1 to 3 hours each) and a mandatory, instructor-led field day exercise (Module 13). Each online module explains the concepts and skills that will be performed and evaluated on the field day exercise. Module 12 contains optional knowledge areas (pump operations, map and compass, fire investigation and cultural resources) that are very useful concepts, but not required due to time constraints.

There is a challenge review at the end of each online module. When you successfully completed each module challenge review, print the module certificate of completion which verifies to the field day lead instructor that you have completed online modules 1-11. Before you begin the challenge review, you MUST be connected to an active printer!

To succeed on the field day exercise, students must understand the concepts taught in modules 1 through 11 as documented by module certificates of completion. Both students and instructors can find an overview of the field day exercise in module 13. This module informs instructors how to set up the exercise, lists materials needed, and provides evaluation checklists. It also provides students an idea of what to expect and what they will be evaluated on.

Upon successful completion of the field day exercise, the lead instructor will issue the student a S-130 final course certificate. A version of L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline, is included in this course. The certificate should be issued to include both S-130 and L-180.

Note: The 2008 S-130, Firefighter Training (Blended) course is identical in content to the 2003 S-130 Firefighter Training instructor led course. 

Click here to view the NWCG curriculum course certification.

Module/Objectives for S-130 Firefighter Training and L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline

  • Tutorial
  • Module 1: Preparedness, ICS and Resources
  • Module 2: Watch Out and LCES
  • Module 3: Fire Shelter
  • Module 4: Potential Hazards and Human Factors on the Fireline
  • Module 5: Transportation Safety
  • Module 6: Hand Tools
  • Module 7: Firing Devices
  • Module 8: Water Use
  • Module 9: Suppression, Communication, and Mopup
  • Module 10: Hazardous Materials
  • Module 11: Wildland Urban Interface
  • Module 12: Optional Knowledge Areas
  • Module 13: Performance Day Requirements
Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course components

Hours to complete

Pre-selection assessment


Pre-course work


Online training


Instructor-led training




Target Group

Entry-level firefighters. To receive NWCG certification, students utilizing this online training must be affiliated with an NWCG member agency (through direct membership or agreement) or a member of a fire department (for a list of member agencies see NWCG web site at

Minimum Course Administrator/Instructor Qualifications

Modules 1 through 12 - Course administrator must be a qualified firefighter type 1 (FFT1).

Module 13, Field Day Exercise - Lead instructor must be a qualified single resource boss; additional instructors must be qualified as firefighter type 1 (FFT1).

  • Question: What is a course administrator?

    Answer: All NWCG online courses require a course administrator. A course administrator is a person responsible for guiding a student through a self-paced course (computer based or paper based). Course administrators must meet qualifications set forth in the Field Managers Course Guide for each particular course and must be available in person, by phone, or by email to assist the student during the completion of the course.
    Note: 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.
  • Question: Where can I find a course administrator?

    Answer: Federal and State government employees must go through their agency or state fire training staff. If you are part of a local government agency please contact your State Forestry office to request their "sponsorship" for NWCG training. Contract employees must go through their company.

Course Prerequisites

Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190).

Course Level


Course Access

Issuance of NWCG Course Certificate
Students successfully completing a NWCG course sponsored by a NWCG member agency will receive a NWCG certificate (for a list of member agencies see NWCG web site at

Educational institutions, contractor associations, and non-member agencies may issue the NWCG course certificate if their lead instructor is an authorized representative of an NWCG member agency OR they have a formal agreement established with a NWCG member agency. All students are encouraged to keep their course certificates as proof of attendance.

Reference Material
Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide PMS 210
Incident Response Pocket Guide
Fire Exercise Day Checklists
Job Aid: Remember and Follow Rules
Wildland Incidents: Equipment to Bring

Technical Requirements
Operating System Windows 95/98/NT4/2000/XP/Win7
- Note:This course is not compatible with the MAC OS.
Only access the online training with Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher)
Cookies, Java, and JavaScript enabled (must support Java version 1.02 and Java Script 1.0)
Pentium PC with 133 MHZ or higher
16MB RAM (32MB recommended)
1024 x 768 resolution at 32-bit color depth

Start Course
The course can be accessed through the combined NWCG/NFA Online Learning Management System (LMS). This site is brought to you through a partnership of NWCG and the National Fire Academy (NFA).

1. Click the "New Students Click Here To Register Now!" link under the login box on the right hand side of the screen.
2. Fill out the online registration form.
3. Write down your User ID and Password. This information will also be sent to your via email.
4. Enter your User Id and Password. You MUST change your Password following your initial login.
5. From the Home Page, on the upper right side of the screen, select "Click to Browse Catalog".
6. On the left side of screen select "NWCG Courses" and hover your mouse pointer over the desired online course and select "Add to To-Do-List".
7. The online course can now be launched from you "Home Page".
8. Please note: If you have just registered, the catalog populates at the top of each hour; therefore depending on when you registered you may have to wait up to one hour until you can access the course.

- WARNING - Please Read: A known issue that will cause the deletion of module tracking/completion data is when the Internet Explorer (IE) Microsoft browser "x" in the top right corner of the window is used to exit the content window, all module tracking data is deleted and not recorded in the Learning Management System (LMS). This is a IE Microsoft Security Feature which cannot be hard-coded out of the courseware. Users must utilize the "exit" or "next" buttons in the content screen to ensure that module tracking data is successfully recorded to the LMS.

NFA LMS Automatic System Checker:
If you are unsure of your system settings, Please log in to NFA Online and from the home page click the "Check System" link in the top right hand corner of the screen. The "Check System" link is directly to the left of the "Log Out" link. This link will automatically check your browser, java, flash, and acrobat reader versions. If you do not have the appropriate versions a link will be provided for you to download and install the updates.