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Last approved: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:02:19 GMT

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FOR (Forestry)
532
032375
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Wildland Firefighter
Firefighter
College of Natural Resources
Forestry (15FOR)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
3
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
FOR595Fall 201510
FOR 595 Fall 201411
FOR 595Fall 201318
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
15
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Independent Study1
Field Work1
Seminar1
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Joseph Roise
Professor
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Independent Study2525NoThis entry-level firefighter CD-ROM training program encompasses the National Wildfire Coordination Group courses: ICS-100 (Introduction to Incident Command System), S-190 (Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior), L-180 (Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service) and S-130 (Firefighter Training).
Field Work2525NoField Day - Wildland Fire Engine Operations and Equipment, Pump and Hose Operations, Ignition Devices, Hand Tools, and Emergency Fire Shelter
Seminar2525NoSeveral wildland fire special topics lectures, seminar and discussions - guest lectures from NC Forest Service and Wildlife Resources Commission and other agencies
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
National Wildfire Coordination Group Firefighter Type II Certification, including study of the National Incident Command Systems (ICS-100), Human Dimensions in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180) Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Safety and Training (S-130). Weekly reading seminar, lectures and problem sessions. Last 4 weeks of semester will be prescribed fire planning and field implementation of methodologies learned in course.

This course has been demanded by students and taught for 3 years as a special topics course. This enables students to do research, work and manage wildland fires, which is a significant component of Natural Resource Management. We are making it into a permanent course because we expect students to continue to demand this as part of their education. The course prepares students for forestry, wildlife, and parks/recreation management positions that utilize wildland fire as a management tool.


No

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Requisites and Scheduling
 
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This is an introductory course designed to train entry-level firefighters with Firefighter Type II (FFT2) Certification.  The course will cover incident management organization, firefighting techniques, suppression equipment, safety, strategy/tactics, fire behavior, and establish an awareness of human performance issues that impact fireline job performance. 


The required basic firefighting training will includes skills training in: Incident Command Systems (ICS-100), Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), and Firefighting Training (S-130) 


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to predict fire behavior in relation to fuels, weather and topograph, work within incident management and organization, demonstrate firefighting techniques, demonstrate proper use of suppression equipment, state all safety rules, know the standing orders, demonstrate analysis and implementation strategy, tactics and operations, and demonstrate awareness of human performance issues that impact fireline job performance.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Exam20Wildland Fire Behavior Exam - Basic Concepts, Principles of Topography, Fuels, Weather, and Behavior and Safety
Exam20 Firefighter Preparedness, ICS Overview, Resource Types, Risk Management, Transportation Safety, Hand Tools, Firing Devices, Use of Water, Suppression, Patrolling and Communication, Mopup and Securing the Fireline, Hazardous Material Awareness, and Wildland/Urban Interface Safety.
Exam10Basic Features of ICS, Incident Commander and Command Staff Functions, general Staff Functions, ICS Facilities, Responsibilities, and Working in the Wildland Fire Service, Communications, Situational Awareness, Decision Making, and Team Cohesion.
Final Exam20Final Exam - Comprehensive
Participation10Field Day - Wildland Fire Engine Operations and Equipment, Pump and Hose Operations, Ignition Devices, Hand Tools, and Emergency Fire Shelter Deployment.
Other0Physical fitness test for Arduous Status - Not required for the course grade, but must be passed for FFT2 certification.
Discussion10Reading assignments, lectures and presentations will be the topic of discussion in the weekly seminar.
Participation10Last four weeks of semester, the seminar will focus on prescribed fire planning and permitting. Followed by implementation of the plan: Including one day working on fire and one day implementing the plan These will be scheduled on weekends or common days that the students can participate.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
S-190 Wildland Fire Behavior6 hrsBasic Concepts, Principles of Wildland Fire Topography, Wildland Fire Fuels, Wildland Fire Weather, and Wildland Fire
S-130 Firefighter Training23 hrsFirefighter Preparedness, ICS Overview, Resource Types, Risk Management, Transportation Safety, Hand Tools, Firing Devices, Use of Water, Suppression, Patrolling and Communication, Mopup and Securing the Fireline, Hazardous Material Awareness, and Wildland/Urban Interface Safety
ICS 100 Incident Command System and L-180 Human Factors in WIldland FIre Service4 hrsBasic Features of ICS, Incident Commander and Command Staff Functions, general Staff Functions, ICS Facilities, Responsibilities, Working in the Wildland Fire Service, Communications, Situational Awareness, Decision Making, and Team Cohesion.
Field Day8 hrsWildland Fire Engine Operations and Equipment, Pump and Hose Operations, Ignition Devices, Hand Tools, and Emergency Fire Shelter Deployment.
Seminar and Discussion30 hrsweekly Seminar to discuss reading, viewing and presentation assignments.
Prescribed Fire Practicum22 hrsPlanning and implementing a prescribed fire. Including weather, permitting and fire behavior calculations. Followed by one day working on a prescribed fire and one day implementing the plan on a prescribed fire.
Course co-instructor Robert Mickler is currently holds national certification as a National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) Single Resource Engine Boss and Ignition Boss. He is a qualified instructor and current one level above that identified in the FFT2 course outline of NWCG Field Managers Course Guide. NCSU students that successfully complete the class are qualified and nationally recognized as a NWCG Firefighter Type 2. The NWCG provides national leadership to develop, maintain, and communicate interagency standards, guidelines, qualifications, training, and other capabilities that enable interoperable operations among federal and non-federal entities. The NWCG is comprised of: Bureau of Indian Affairs (U.S. Department of the Interior), Bureau of Land Management (U.S. Department of the Interior), Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S. Department of the Interior), Forest Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture), International Association of Fire Chiefs, Intertribal Timber Council, National Association of State Foresters, National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior), and the United States Fire Administration (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

mlnosbis 4/22/2016: No overlapping courses, no consultation required.
ghodge 4/22/2016 Comment: ABGS reviewers need to comment on awarding graduate credit for certifications.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-No concerns
Key: 7184