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Wildland Fire Crew

31-058-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 39 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

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

Occupational Specific (30 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Credit for Prior Learning
(Work/Life Experience)
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.
Engine Dozer and UTV Ops
10-058-190
1
Operation, safety and maintenance of equipment commonly used in wildland fire applications.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

Occupational Supportive (9 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Credit for Prior Learning
(Work/Life Experience)
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.
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.

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