wildland fire suppression training
All “S” Series courses that we offer (i.e. S-100) are using the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – BC Wildfire Service – BC Suppression Training Series of courses.
For more course information please choose from the links and information below:
S-100 Basic Fire Suppression & Safety
Description: Upon successful completion of the course, the candidate will demonstrate a basic knowledge of wildland fire suppression organization structure, wild fire behavior, plus suppression and safety procedures. Practical skills with equipment used in B.C. To effectively and safely respond to wildfires is mandatory for anyone interested in wildland fire suppression or those doing forestry work on Crown land. Successful candidates will receive the S-100 Fire Suppression certificate. 2 days[/expand]
S-185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance & Safety
Description: This course is included with the 2 day S100 course noted above. The S185 provides students with a greater awareness on identifying and avoiding potentially dangerous situations while working as a wildland firefighter.
Description: Annual refresher course for the S-100 and S-185 courses: required annually for those working on the fireline.
ICS 100 – Incident Command Level 100 – Introduction to the Incident Command System. Description: Introduction to the Incident Command System for wildland firefighting which provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System
W.H.M.I.S. – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System” Description: This training program is designed to certify Canadian Employees in the identification and handling of Hazardous Materials within the work environment.
TDG – Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Description: TDG is designed to provide instruction for Canadian employees on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations. TDG training is required for all employees involved in the transportation, storage, and shipment of goods classified as dangerous.
Each Fire Crew in BC requires that we have individuals with specific certifications in place in order to fill those roles. The above list is for the basic firefighter, and all crew members working for Strategic Fire Control require those courses.
The following is a list of specific roles on a fire crew, and if applicable, the specific training required to fill those roles:
Crew Leader: Each 5 person fire crew is required to have one person as its designated Crew Leader on the fireline. A series of advanced courses is required. We offer these courses over two 8 hour days.
These courses include:
S-230 Crew Leader
S-211 Fire Weather
S-212 Fire Communications (Radio Communications)
S-213 Use of Bulldozers
S-235 Ignition Operations
S-241 Fire Assessment
Power Saw Operator: Each 5 person fire crew is required to have one person as its designated Power Saw Operator. This individual does not need to be a licensed Faller. Becoming a Power Saw operator opens up an array of doors for a wildland fire fighter as well as silviculture and forestry work. Power Saw operators get right into the thick of things and are in high demand.
First Aid Attendant: Each 5 person fire crew is required to have an individual designated as its First Aid Attendant. At a minimum, the First Aid Attendant must have the following current certifications:
Chainsaw Safety & Maintenance”
Course Duration: 1 Day
Course Content: We offer a 1 day course covering theory, PPE use, maintenance, trouble shooting and practical experience for the operations of a chainsaw. This course concentrates on chainsaw applications for wildland firefighting and silviculture work and includes the following components: Safe chainsaw handling, chainsaw maintenance, personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety devices, bucking/limbing, types of cuts and there is also a hands on practical component for demonstration and application for lecture materials.
Level 1 – Workplace First Aid
Course Duration: 7 Training Hours
Course Content: CPR and breathing emergencies in adults; first aid for bleeding; sudden illness and injury emergency care skills for the occupational first aid provider.
Who Would Benefit: B.C. provincial business, industry and government agencies with employees that have an occupational requirement to be Level 1 (Emergency) First Aid trained.
Regulations and Guidelines: Meets British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety regulations (OH&S) administered through WorkSafe BC.
Transportation Endorsement First Aid
Course Duration: 7 Training Hours
This is not a stand-alone program. It is intended to be provided in conjunction with Level 1 First Aid training for British Columbia Provincial workplaces.
Course Content: Supplemental emergency care skills for the occupational level 1 first aid provider in the use of equipment needed for packaging patients due to a major mechanism of injury requiring spinal immobilization.
Who Would Benefit: B.C. provincial business, industry and government agencies with employees that have an occupational requirement for a Transportation Endorsement in conjunction with Level 1 first aid training.
Regulations and Guidelines: Meets British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations administered through WorkSafe BC.
Advanced Level 3 First Aid
Course Duration: 100 Training Hours
Course Content: CPR and breathing emergencies in adults; advanced first aid; use of oxygen delivery equipment; AED; primary and secondary assessment skills; first aid for bleeding; sudden illness and injury; rapid transport protocols; medical aid protocols; return to work protocols; packaging and spinal immobilization; record keeping; oral reporting and patient transfer skills for the occupational healthcare provider.
Who Would Benefit: B.C. provincial business, industry and government agencies with employees that have an occupational requirement to be Advanced Level 3 Advanced First Aid trained.
Regulations and Guidelines: Meets British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations administered through WorkSafe BC; provincial, and territorial Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations; Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) Canadian Labour Code; Canadian Occupational Health and Safety (COHS) regulation.
Danger Tree Assessor: Each 5 person fire crew is required to have an individual designated as its Danger Tree Assessor.
Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor – Wildland Fire Safety Module
Course Duration: 2 Days.
Course Content: The course is run through the University of Northern BC as a part of their Continuing Studies programs. This is the only course required on the fireline that Strategic Fire Control does not offer as one of its course options (although we almost always organize and host one annually in coordination with the UNBC). Note, there are 3 different modules, and the only one accepted on the fireline is the Wildland Fire Safety Module.
More information available here: UNBC Continuing studies – http://www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies/wildlife-danger-tree
Registration Information: To register please contact us directly. Phone (250) 426-2525 or Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Another service provided by Strategic Fire Control is that of Structure Protection Crews. These crews are strongly needed during active wildfire seasons. Strategic was recently in Oliver in 2015 to help protect the neighboring homes and businesses. This is a crucial part of B.C. forest fire fighting.
S115 – Site Preparation and Structure Protection in the Urban Interface
Course Content: 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 structures threatened by wildfire. This course provides the student with the skills and knowledge to size-up a wildland/urban interface fire incident, evaluate the potential situation, deploy the necessary resources, and apply safe and effective strategy and tactics to minimize the threat to property.
S100a – Annual refresher course for the S-100 and S-185 courses: required annually for those working on the fireline.