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S-130 Firefighter Training
CD Version

Course Information
Course Description
This course addresses the foundational skills universal to all wildland firefighters. The material is broken into twelve on-line modules (1 to 3 hours each) and a mandatory, instructor led field day exercise. A certificate of completion will be issued for S-130 by the Lead Instructor upon completion of the field day exercise. Each on-line module explains the concepts and skills that will be performed and evaluated on the field day exercise. Module twelve contains optional knowledge areas (pump operations, map & compass, fire investigation and cultural resources) that are very useful concepts but not required due to time constraints.

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Field Day Requirement
In order to succeed on the field day exercise, students must understand the concepts taught in modules 1 through 11. 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.

There is a challenge review at the end of each module. If you successfully complete the challenge review, you will be able to print a module certificate of completion. Before you begin the challenge review, you MUST be connected to an active printer!

In order to be issued a final NWCG certificate students must complete both the required online modules and the mandatory field day exercise. Students must be affiliated with an NWCG member agency (thru direct membership or agreement) or a member of a fire department to be issued a final NWCG certificate.

A version of L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline, is included in this course. Credit should be issued for both S-130 and L-180 upon completion.


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

1.Explain what the LCES (Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones) system is and how it relates to the Standard Firefighting Orders.

2. Construct fireline to required standards using various methods.

3. Strengthen, reinforce, and use holding actions on a fireline.

4. Extinguish the fire with or without the use of water.

5. Complete assigned tasks in a safe and efficient manner.

6. Given an assignment in a wildfire environment, describe factors in that environment which could impact safety.

Ensure you have successfully completed the prerequisite course: S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

Ensure you have 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.

Prepare yourself and your workstation for taking an online course.
-eliminate distractions
-prepare to spend 1-3 hours per module

Follow directions on the CD start course.

Course Requirements
Prerequisite: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190).

Course Administrator:
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).

Time Required
30-35.5 Hours
Field Day (time will vary)

Refernce Materials:
Fireline Handbook
Incident Response Pocket Guide
Fire Exercise Day Checklists
Job Aid: Remember and Follow Rules
Wildland Incidents: Equipment to Bring

Technical Requirements
Operating System Win 95/98/NT4/2000/XP/Vista
Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher)
- Note:This CD course is not compatible with the MAC OS.
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

How to Order
The CD is available to order through out of the National Fire Equipment Catalog, Part 2.

To order the CD, you can download and print the Great Basin Cache Order Form then follow the directions on the form.

NFES 002868, S-130 CD
Cost: $1.43


NWCG Training, Distance Learning Unit
National Interagency Fire Center
3833 S. Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705

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