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  • S130/190

    Hey guys I'm trying to get on Cal Fire for seasonal work and I've seen alot of people suggest taking an s130 and 190 class before applying. I thought I saw somewhere that you can really just take these classes within a week somewhere but I forgot where. Can you guys fill me in on these classes?

  • #2
    What "they" are referring to is the NWCG basic wildland training, S130 Basic Wildland Firefighting, S190 Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180 Human Factors on the Fireline and I100 Intro to the ICS. This group of classes is typically taught as a block totaling 32-40 hours, often over 2 weekends or 5 days. There are a variety of ways to get this training, some Regional Occupational Programs will offer it in cooperation with a fire agency, some college fire programs will offer it either blocked out as above or spread out over a regular quarter / semester. Sometimes you can find it offered by a fire agency, many National Forests put it on each year.

    This is different training that what Calfire puts on and requires to get hired by them although some training sites will offer wildland training that will provide you with certs for both NWCG and Calfire since there is a huge amount of overlap.

    NWCG = National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group, an interagency organization that oversees wildland training and certification.

    I also replied to your post in the wildland section.


    • #3
      Thanks for replying. Can you point me in the direction as to where I could find these classes? Sorry, trying to learn all of this feels like being hit by a brick wall at times!


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