Tuesday, 20 April 2021 14:13

Welcome to Wildland Fire with RCVFD


While most of our calls during the year are medical, RCVFD exists as an initial attack module for wildfires.  During the wildfire season RCVFD may be asked to participate in mutual aid and may be engaged in wildland fire for many day should it be within our fire protection district. 

For these reasons we expect most new recruits to work towards their getting their initial wildland qualifications so they can participate safely in the wildland fire environment.  Collectively this training results in a nationally recognized Firefighter 2 qualification

The S-130/190 Basic Firefighter class is a 40-hour, entry-level course that provides the basic knowledge and structure of the wildland firefighting system.  These classes plus a field day, pack test and practice shelter deployment are the prerequisites for you to get your red card/Firefighter 2 
The class includes :
Two online Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training courses – 
ICS-100 Introduction to ICS 
IS-700 National Incident Management System, An Introduction”- prior to taking the S-130/190 class. Those courses can be found at https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx.
S-130 Firefighter Training
S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
L-180 Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service
Step 1 Complete the 2 FEMA Courses 
Set yourself up with a FEMA ID. 
Use this FID to take the ICS 100 and ICS 700.  Save the certificates and send them to me. 
Step 2 Complete S-190  and L180   a couple ways to get these 
Take the online S190 which is avail,,,  scroll 1/2 way down the link below and select self directed delivery . Screen shot your chapter test scores and send me a copy of completion certificate 
Step 2 and 3  The below links are on the S190 and S130 classes the we have archived on our website.  You'll need to login first and then you can download these zip files at work....Each one of these is a program that will run on your computer.  Save/Print your test scores from chapters and most important the final for each course. 
They originated as CD-based training, so you can either download the ISO files and create CDs from them for an "authentic" experience, or you can download ZIP archives that contain the same files but in normal directory structure format. The links below will take you directly into a file-download.
These will take some time 
S-130 is the largest one 
Step 4
With all the coursework completed we will try and find a field day for you to complete the coursework
Step 5 
Pack Test and Getting in a practice shelter  .  The pack test required of a red card is 45 pound pack walking 3 miles in under 45 min.  You bring your own pack with weight inside.  We do have a few training vests that can be used. 
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