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Wildland Fire Crew

31-058-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 31 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 ecosystem-based management, emergency response, hazardous materials and wildland fire practices. You'll learn how to use prescribed fire as a tool in wildlife management, forestry or endangered species management. You'll 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 for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Occupational Specific (25 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Plant Identification
Provides a basic study of the trees, grasses, herbs and aquatics of Wisconsin. The class focuses on the principal species of seven major plant communities: forest, bog, agriculture, prairie, marsh, shrub and beach.
Exploring Natural Resources
Provides basic study of natural resources, focusing on their abundance, importance, and conservation. The physical biological variables of the environment will be studied in field and classroom settings. Career development will be incorporated to expose students to job-related activities for the following core areas: wildlife and fisheries, forestry, surveying, outdoor recreation, soils, and water quality and wastewater management.
Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180
Prepares new firefighters in basic firefighting skills and behavior factors that will aid them in the safe and effective control of wildland fires.
S-219 Firing Operations
Planning, execution, safety, coordination and evaluation of an ignition operation on a wildland or prescribed fire.
Prereq: Wildland Fire Intro S-130/190/180 (10058160) OR not pursuing a degree
Fitness Qualification Prep 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.
S133/S211/S131 Safety/Pumps/FF1
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
Wildfire Equipment Operation
Operation of heavy equipment of hand tools used in wildland fire.
Hazmat Awareness & Operations
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.
Emergency Medical Responder with Healthcare Provider CPR
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.
Examines the relationships and interrelationships of living organisms in their environment. Students study natural selection and speciation, environmental conditions, populations and competition, succession, energy flow and biogeochemical cycles, and the diversity of ecosystems.
Coreq: Written Communication (10801195) or English Composition 1 (10801136)
Natural Resources Common Topics
Introduces U.S. public land surveys, topographic maps, orienteering principles and mapping. Other topics include the polar planimeter, dot grid, abney levels and clinometers, basic aerial photo uses, and chainsaw use and maintenance.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104). Coreq: Math for Common Topics (10804117)
S212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws
Provides introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine-powered chainsaws and their tactical wildland fire application.
Prereq: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10057160 or 10057160) and Emergency Medical Responder (10531104) or First Responder (10531105) or current certification in basic First Aid and CPR or not pursuing a degree
Fire Experience
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
Fire Prep
Prepares the student for fire season. Topics include writing burn plans, burn site checks, equipment inventory, organization and maintenance.

Occupational Supportive (6 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Written Communication
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.
College Mathematics
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.

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