2016 Virginia Wildland Fire Academy

Farmville, Virginia
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Registration-CLOSED
2016 Virginia Wildland Fire Academy
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:00 PM -
Saturday, May 28, 2016 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Longwood University
201 High Street
Farmville, Virginia 23909
United States

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Class Schedule - Registration Ends - April 4, 2016 

Date Wednesday,
May 25
Thursday,
May 26
Friday,
May 27
Saturday,
May 28
Classroom D-110 D-110

Classroom  L-381 L-381 L-381 L-381
Classroom M-410 M-410 M-410 M-410
Classroom RX-341 RX-341 RX-341 RX-341
Field
S-130/190 -  Class #2- F S-130/190 Class #1 -Full
Classroom-Full S-212 S-212-F S-212-F S-212-F
Classroom/Full
S-215 S-215 S-215-F
Classroom  
S-231 S-231





"F" after course number denotes a day of field related activities.

Course Descriptions
- Registration Ends - April 4, 2016 



Wednesday, May 25 - Thursday, May 26
D-110: Expanded Dispatch Recorder

The course provides students with the skills to perform as an expanded dispatch recorder (EDRC). Topics include: the structure of the expanded dispatch organization, description of resource ordering and statusing process, and the importance of the EDRC having effective communication skills and working relationships. The final is a 4-hour, scenario-based exercise where students will complete resource order forms based on timed inputs and supplemental handouts. There is a Reference Guide at the end of Unit 3 that contains reference documents for students to use during the course and when on assignment. The course gives a very general overview of Resource Ordering and Statusing System (ROSS) - it does not teach students how to use ROSS. 
Prerequisites: None
Pre-Course Work: No


Wednesday, May 25 - Saturday, May 28
L-381: Incident Leadership

This is a leadership development training recommendation for incident response personnel who will function in fireline command roles. The design and delivery process used to meet this training recommendation will need to be determined by the agency. It can be part of an agency-provided curriculum or contracted from a vendor.
Prerequisites
:  Qualified as any strike team leader, task force leader (TFLD), incident commander type 4 (ICT4), any support unit leader, or supervisory dispatcher.
Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180).
Completion of pre-course work assignment.

Pre-Course Work:
None

Wednesday, May 25 - Saturday, May 28
M-410: Facilitative Instuctor


This training course is designed to help students become effective facilitative instructors. The purpose of this course is to improve training delivery and quality by presenting instructional methods with an emphasis on student-oriented adult training techniques. This course is designed for students to meet NWCG instructor requirements
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.
Pre-Course Work: Yes

Wednesday, May 25 - Saturday, May 28
RX-341: Prescribed Burn Plan Preparation


The purpose of RX-341, Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation, is to provide students with the skills/knowledge to prepare a prescribed fire plan for technical review and approval in accordance with the Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Reference Guide.

Prerequisites:
Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations, S-390.
Proficient in the use of BehavePlus.
Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.
In addition to the above:
Fire personnel must be qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).
Resource personnel must have knowledge of fire suppression principles and techniques.
Students desiring to take both RX-341 and RX-301 (Prescribed Fire Implementation) will benefit from taking RX-341 first.
Pre-Course WorkYes

2 Separate Courses are offered - You only need to register and take one of the offerings!:
Friday, May 27th - Space Is Still Available!
Saturday, May 28th -  Closed - Full!
Both sessions are the NWCG Blended Course offering w/ 24 hours online and 8 hours field. 

S-190, INTRODUCTION TO WILDLAND FIRE BEHAVIOR (ONLINE)
S-130, FIREFIGHTER TRAINING (BLENDED) 

This course was developed using a blended approach to learning, meaning that it contains a mix of online and instructor-led training (ILT). The course addresses the foundational skills universal to all wildland firefighters. The material is divided into 12 online modules (1 to 3 hours each) and a mandatory, instructor-led field exercise. Each online module explains the concepts and skills that will be performed and evaluated on the field exercise. Module 12 contains optional knowledge areas (pump operations, map and compass, fire investigation and cultural resources) 
that are very useful concepts. To succeed on the field exercise, students must understand the concepts taught in modules 1 through 12 as documented by module certificates of completion. Both students and instructors can find an overview of the field exercise in module 13. This module informs instructors how to set up the exercise, lists materials needed, and provides evaluation checklists. It also provides students an idea of what to expect and what they will be evaluated on. There is a challenge review at the end of each module. If you successfully complete the challenge review, you will be able to print a module certificate of completion.
Before you begin the challenge review, you MUST be connected to an active printer! A version of Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180) is included in this course. Credit will be issued for both S-130 and L-180 upon completion. Field Exercises-Dress Appropriately.
Prerequisites: None
Pre-Course Work
Completion of 24+ hours of online materials.

Wednesday, May 25 - Saturday, May 28

Closed-Full S-212: WILDLAND FIRE CHAIN SAWS

This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course lessons provide introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Field exercises support entry level training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations. 
Prerequisites:
 
S-130/190
Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2). 
Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.
Pre-Course Work: Yes

Thursday, May 26 - Saturday, May 28
CLOSED-FULL S-215: Fire Operations in the Wildland Interface

This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. Instructional units include firefighter safety in the interface, managing human factors in the interface, pre-incident planning, sizeup and initial strategy, structure triage, structure protection overview, tactics in the interface, tactical operations and resource use in the interface, action assessment, plan update, and after action review.
Prerequisites: S-130/190
Pre-Course Work: No

Friday, May 27 - Saturday, May 28
S-231: Engine Boss

This is a skill course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of the duties associated with engine boss, single resource (ENGB). Topics include engine and crew capabilities and limitations, information sources, fire sizeup considerations, tactics, and wildland/urban interface.
Prerequisites:Qualified as a firefighter type 1 (FFT1).
Successful completion of Crew Boss, Single Resource (S-230) (instructor led or blended delivery).
Pre-Course Work: None



 

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