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Wildland Fire Crew

31-058-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 43 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Teamwork is essential in the demanding role of a Wildland Fire Crew member. Your training will include a broad range of topics including wilderness survival, ecosystem management, hazardous materials and GPS use. You will learn how to use prescribed fire as a tool in wildlife management, forestry or endangered species management. You will also learn about the proper care and use of equipment, line construction, pump tending and hose use. There will be multiple opportunities for you to gain valuable first-hand experience in live fire settings.

COURSE LIST

Occupational Specific (34 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180
10-058-160
2
Prepares new firefighters in basic firefighting skills and behavior factors that will aid them in the safe and effective control of wildland fires.
History & Ecology of Wildfire
10-058-171
3
Examines the role of wildland fire and firefighting throughout history to the present.
Fitness Qualification Prep 1
10-058-173
1
Introduces the student to the requirements for the 1.5 mile run, 3 mile pack test and step test which are required by wildland fire hiring agencies.
Fire Prep
10-058-182
1
Prepares the student for fire season. Topics include writing burn plans, burn site checks, equipment inventory, organization and maintenance.
S133/S211/S131 Safety/Pumps/FF1
10-058-186
2
Combines three NWCG classes. S-133 is a fire safety course. S-131 is Firefighter Type 1 training. Sometimes called Squad Boss, these are the entry-level supervisors in wildland firefighting. S-211 consists of three skill areas including supply, delivery and application of water.
Prerequisite: 10-058-160 Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180
S134 & RT130 Annual Refresher
10-058-185
1
Compiles two NWCG classes. S-134 is a safety course focusing on personal firefighter safety. RT-130 is the annual fire line safety refresher training required for all firefighters. Topics differ by year based on industry recommendations and identified training needs. Includes annual shelter deployment practice for all participants.
Live Fire Training
10-058-167
2
Trains students in live fire situations such as prescribed burning and/or wildfire suppression. Includes inventory, minor repair and maintenance of equipment before and after burns and during possible standby situations. Successfully completing a physical test is required for this class. The test may be accomplished through FVTC’s Fitness Center.
Prerequisite: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10-058-160)
Ecosystem Management
10-058-169
2
Explores the role of fire in biotic and abiotic systems. This class builds from the individual to the ecosystem and incorporates human influence.
GPS and Map Use in Wildfire
10-058-180
3
Gives students a working knowledge of map and technology tools for use in wildland fire suppression and prescribed burns. Basic GPS operations, public land survey system, topographic and aerial maps are discussed.
Wilderness Survival
10-058-175
1
Gives wildland firefighters concepts valuable to preserving health in remote firefighting locations.
S270 Basic Air Ops
10-058-184
1
Covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas.
Live Fire 2
10-058-176
2
Gives students experience in live fire settings, increasing their wildland fire qualifications. Successfully completing a physical test is required for this class. The test may be accomplished through FVTC’s Fitness Center.
Prerequisite: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10-058-160)
Fire Experience
10-058-179
3
Allows students to gain valuable fire experience for the resume. While not guaranteed, students may be paid for some forest fire suppression duty.
Prerequisite: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10-058-160)
Prescribed Fire
10-058-181
1
Consists of student participation in prescribed fire application for management and fuel reduction objectives. Emphasis will be on safety, ignition patterns and holding crews.
Prerequisite: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10-058-160)
Hazmat Awareness & Operations
10-503-103
2
Identify the classification hazardous materials, determine the nature and extent of the problem, and protect first responders, nearby persons, and the environment from the effects of the release.
Wildfire Suppression
10-058-183
3
Utilize hands-on, live fire suppression tactics in conjunction with Wisconsin DNR fire suppression personnel. Prescribed burning duties also possible depending on need and availability.
Prerequisite: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10-058-160)
Wildland Fire Chainsaws S-212
10-058-189
1
Provides introduction to the function, maintenance and use of chainsaws and their tactical wildland fire application. Prereq.: WF Intro S130/S190 and First Aid/CPR or higher EMS certificate.
Engine Dozer and UTV Ops
10-058-190
1
Operation, safety and maintenance of equipment commonly used in wildland fire applications.
First Responder with Healthcare Provider CPR
10-531-105
2
Teaches and evaluates the knowledge/skills needed to respond to medical or trauma situations. It includes AED, Combitube, EpiPen, Spinal Immobilization, CPR and skills needed to assist the ambulance crew. This course meets Wisconsin and National licensure guidelines. Students receive an AHA Healthcare CPR card and FVTC Emergency Medical Responder certificate.

Occupational Supportive (9 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
College Mathematics
10-804-107
3
Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra; geometry and trigonometry; and probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not enrolled in a program. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.

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