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Wildland Firefighter

10-058-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 65 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

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

Your interest in the outdoors and intense physical activity could lead to a rewarding career protecting life, property and natural resources from wildfires. Gain the skills you need to use planned, controlled fire as a tool in wildlife management, forestry or endangered species management. You’ll learn about the ignition and suppression of wildland and prescribed fire, along with the safe operation of equipment. You’ll also get plenty of hands-on experience in live fire situations. Your training will cover ecosystem-based management, emergency response, hazardous materials, structural and wildland fire practices. You’ll be part of an elite and uniquely qualified group of wildland firefighters.

COURSE LIST

*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Technical Studies (40 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
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.
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.
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.
Wilderness Survival
10-058-175
1
Gives wildland firefighters concepts valuable to preserving health in remote firefighting locations.
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.
Wildfire Equipment Operation
10-058-188
2
Operation of heavy equipment of hand tools used in wildland fire.
Engine Dozer and UTV Ops
10-058-190
1
Operation, safety and maintenance of equipment commonly used in wildland fire applications.
Fire Behavior 1
10-058-192
2
Identifies the characteristics of fuels, weather and topography that influence wildland fire behavior.
Coreq: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10058160)
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.
First Aid/CPR for Child Care Providers
10-531-105
2
Presents and evaluates basic first aid skills necessary to care for the ill and injured until medical help arrives including CPR for all ages and recognition and care of cardiac emergencies. Emphasis is placed on pediatric emergencies. Students receive an AHA Heartsaver CPR card and FVTC First Aid Certificate upon course completion.
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.
Prereq: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10058160) OR not pursuing a degree
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.
Prereq: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10058160) OR not pursuing a degree
Firing Tools and Tactics
10-058-194
1
Describes the characteristics and safety of various firing devices.
Prereq: Wildland Fire Intro S-130/190/180 (10058160)
Grassland & Forest Management
10-058-168
2
Examines grass and forest ecosystems from a wildland fire perspective.
History & Ecology of Wildfire
10-058-171
3
Examines the role of wildland fire and firefighting throughout history to the present.
Fitness Qualification Prep 2
10-058-174
1
Prepares the student for successful completion of the 1.5 mile run, 3 mile pack test and the step test upon being hired by a wildland fire agency.
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.
Fire Behavior 2
10-058-193
2
Defines and calculates how environmental factors and processes affect fire behavior predictions and safety.
Prereq: Fire Behavior 1 (10058192)
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.
Prereq: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10058160) OR not pursuing a degree
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.
Prereq: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10058160) OR not pursuing a degree
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.
Prereq: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10058160) OR not pursuing a degree
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.
Prereq: Wildland Fire Intro S-310/190/180 (10058160) OR not pursuing a degree

General Studies (19 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
College Mathematics
10-804-107
3
Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics in the areas of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, measurement and data. 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.
Psychology of Human Relations
10-809-199
3
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
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/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
General Chemistry
10-806-134
4
Covers inorganic chemistry and basic organic chemistry. Topics include metrics, problem solving, atomic structure, chemical reactions, solutions and concentrations, ionization, pH and organic compounds.
Prereq: ACCPL Algebra >= 51 OR ACT(Math) >=18 OR Program Prep with a C or better OR College Math 1 (10804115/113) OR Algebra (10804109) OR Tech Math (10804121) OR Math Tech Basic (10804125) OR College Math (10804107) OR Math Common Topics (10804117)
Introduction to Diversity Studies
10-809-172
3
Develops workplace skills needed to work with diverse groups of people. Ethnic relations are studied in global and comparative perspectives. Students examine their biases and gain awareness of differences and common ground shared. The course emphasizes how personal and cultural diversity enhances the effectiveness of work groups.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

Suggested Electives (6 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Forestry 1
10-057-132
3
Covers tree and shrub identification (dendrology), forest mapping, stand inventory, basic forest ecology, silvicultural practices and timber types. This course prepares students to perform more specific job-related tasks in Forestry 2.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Wildlife Mgmt - Nongame and Hunted Species
10-057-128
3
Introduces wildlife ecology and management. The course focuses on habitat restoration and maintenance, deer management, wildlife damage control, ecological concepts and population dynamics.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Spanish 1 Emergency Responder & Fire Protection
10-141-105
3
Students learn basic phrases and questions to carry out fire protection protocols. The participant will have the basic ability to understand spoken Spanish, obtain basic job related information, identify individuals, time and date of incident, deliver important safety rules and related commands.
UAV Use In Wildland Fire
10-058-191
1
Use of UAVs for mapping, scouting, lookout situations and mop-up in wildfire suppression. Prescribed fire applications include burn unit mapping, command firing operations and invasive species monitoring.
S290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
10-058-163
1
Designed to prepare the prospective supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations.
Prereq: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10058160) OR not pursuing a degree
S390 Fire Behavior
10-058-166
2
Provides an introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations, which develops knowledge and skills required for effective fire behavior prediction.
Prereq: S290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (10058163); S219 Firing Ops (10058164)
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.
Prereq: 10058160 Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 OR not pursing a degree

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