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  • Instructor briefing to the S-130/190, Basic Firefighting Class
    Instructor briefing to the S-130/190, Basic Firefighting Class
  • S-234, Ignition Operations Instructor Demonstrating To Class
    S-234, Ignition Operations Instructor Demonstrating To Class
  • S-211, Pumps & Water Use Field Exercise
    S-211, Pumps & Water Use Field Exercise
  • S-130/190 Students Constructing Fire Line During Field Exercise
    S-130/190 Students Constructing Fire Line During Field Exercise
  • S-234, Ignition Operations Instructors Demonstrating Proper Use Of Drip Torches
    S-234, Ignition Operations Instructors Demonstrating Proper Use Of Drip Torches
  • Command & General Staff Explaining Their Positions And Responsibilities To A Class
    Command & General Staff Explaining Their Positions And Responsibilities To A Class
  • Command & General Staff Along With Trainees Presenting The Morning Briefing
    Command & General Staff Along With Trainees Presenting The Morning Briefing
  • Maps-n-Compass Field Exercise
    Maps-n-Compass Field Exercise

Why choose CWFIMA?

We promote safety and integrity through quality training that exceeds the standards to meet the challenges our emergency responders face during All-Hazard events.  The Academy utilizes the Incident Command System (ICS) to facilitate a national approach to incident management.

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Below is a full listing of each course provided during the 2017 Summer Training Session with a brief description. 

Courses descriptions for all classes being held at the upcoming academy can be found below. They describe the basic class and include the pre-requisite requirements.



Basic course provides a comprehensive overview of exercise design along with practical skill development. Using the same terminology and processes, this course will provide activities that will give participants an opportunity to interact with many of the templates and other materials that are detailed in the HSEEP doctrine created and maintained by the National Exercise Division to ensure exercises are conducted in a consistent manner. Target audience includes: Anyone planning to attend the Training & Exercise Symposium and who is a member of an exercise design team or fulfills a role in one of the following areas of the exercise design process: design, development, conduct, evaluation, or improvement planning for an exercise. Prerequisites: IS 120.a - An Introduction to Exercises (Required) and IS 130 - Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning (Recommended).

L-950: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Incident Commander
This course is designed to provide State and local level emergency ersponders with a robust understanding of the duites, responsibilities andcapabilities of an effective incident commander on an all-hazards incident management team (AHIMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories; (1) responding to the incident and command needs of the incident; and (2) effectively fullfilling the position responsibilities of an incident commander on an AHIMT. Exercises, simulations, discussions and final exam enable students to process and apply their new knowledge.
Prerequisites: Required: IS-100, 200, 700, 800 & ICS 300 & ICS 400 id required

L-965: NIMS All-Hazards Resource Unit Leader
As of Oct 1, 2013, NWCG recognizes the FEMA NIMS L-965 Resources Unit Leader course as an alternative to taking the NWCG S-346 course. This course is designed to train potential resources unit leader (RESL). It describes RESL responsibilities related to resource status systems, planning process and resource products/outputs.
Prerequisites: IS/ICS - 100, 200, 300, 700 and 703. Recommended: ICS-400, AHIMT Course or C&G Local Training.


Skill Specific Courses

 IBRW: Incident Business Review Workshop
This review workshop is for students who have taken Online S-260 or would like to refresh their skills. Bring current Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook. This session includes questions and answers along with hands-on exercises. Prerequisites include: completion S-260 course onlie or classroom.

GPS for Fire Management & ICS
This is a 16-24 hour course for fire and incident management staff providing advanced training in the use of GPS equipment for navigation and data collection. Course participants use GPS receivers to navigate, collect data that can be communicated in written or verbal formats, and download data to create files for use in a geographic information system (GIS) program, to meet the needs of GIS specialists, fire managers, or incident command staff. The use of GPS is one of the most efficient methods for documenting information regarding the location of facilities, conditions, and environments affected by Wildfire, Floods, Earthquakes, and other incidents. Prerequisites:Have knowledge and use of GPS receivers and software.

M&C: Maps & Compass
This course provides the student with basic level of knowledge and skills associated to land navigation with a map and compass. In addition, the use of GPS as a navigational supplement to maps and compass will be discussed. The orienteering course field exercise will provide students with the opportunity to practice skills and utilize classroom exercises.
Prerequisites: None

This workshop is a great opportunity for hands-on experience in Time module of e-ISuite for trainee and qualified EQTRs and PTRCs. Prerequisites: S-260 or online S-260 and S-261.

NWCG Courses

FI-210: Fire Investigation Training
This course is designed to prepare an individual for basic fire investigation responsibilities in the area of origin and cause determination. Students successfully completing this course will recieve full credit for FI-210 as required by NWCG certification standards.
Prerequisites: Law Enforcement Officer or 1 year experience as a firefighter.

Portable PumpsICS-300: Intermediate ICS: ICS for Supervisors & Expanding Incidents
This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently using the Incident Command System (ICS) in supervisory roles on expanding or Type 3 incidents. Topics include: ICS fundamentals review, incident/event assessment and agency guidance in establishing incident objectives, Unified Command, incident resources management, planning process, demobilization and incident transfer of command or close out. This course is NIMS compliant. Qualifies for CO Post Credit!
Prerequisites: ICS-200.

ICS-400: Advanced ICS: ICS for Command & General Staff & Complex Incidents
This course directs the student towards an operational understanding of large single-agency and complex multiagency/multi-jurisdictional incident responses. Topics include fundamentals review for command and general staff, major and/or complex incident/event management, area command, and multi-agency coordination. Interchangeable with G400 and H467, they are all NIMS compliant. Qualifies for CO Post Credit!
Prerequisites: ICS-300.

L-280: Followership to Leadership
This training course is designed as a self-assessment opportunity for individuals preparing to step into a leadership role. The course combines one day of classroom instruction followed by a second day in the field with students working through a series of problem solving events in small teams (Field Leadership Assessment Course). Topic areas include: Leadership values & principles; transition challenges for new leaders; situational leadership; team cohesion factors; & ethical decision-making.
Prerequisites: Experience on incident assignments in operations or support functions & L-180.

L-380: Fireline Leadership
This course also known as “At the Point of the Spear: Leading and preparing emergency response units “(DHS CA-002PREV) is a 36-hour program that focuses on helping response leaders build more cohesive, adaptive, and resilient teams. This program teaches principles for leading in high-risk and high-stress environments, building team cohesion, and resolving conflicts and problems within the team. Using a mix of theory, classroom exercises, and field exercises, this interactive program is designed to reinforce mission-driven operational culture at the team level and to provide a framework from which to launch future organizational development. More than 50 agencies and departments rely on this program for first-line leader development. Prerequisites: Incident personnel with supervisory responsibilities; Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180); completion of pre-course work. Sponsored by CO Division of Fire Prevention & Control.

S-130/190: Firefighting Training & Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior
This introductory course is designed to train entry-level firefighters referred to as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2). You will be introduced to & gain knowledge of the basic incident management organization, firefighting techniques, suppression equipment, safety, strategy/tactics along with fire behavior. Field exercises will be performed for valuable hands-on training. Includes L-180.
Prerequisites: None.

Planning and MappingS-130/190 (Online): Review & Field Day ONLY!
This two-day class assists those students taking the online S-130/190 course modules with the necessary classroom review & field work to successfully complete the class for NWCG certification.
Pre-requisites: successful completion of online S-130/190 modules with academy instructor.

S-131: Firefighter Type 1 *New curriculum
This course is designed to the meet the needs of an advanced Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). The course is interactive & contains several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives & class discussion. Topics include: fireline reference materials, communications & tactical decision making.
Prerequisites: Qualified as FFT2.

S-200: Initial Attack Incident Commander
The intent of this course is to provide students with the tools & techniques to make the transition from Single Resource Boss to Incident Commander.
Prerequisites: Qualified as any Single Resource Boss (SRB).

S-215: Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface
Instructional units include firefighter safety in the interface, managing human factors in the interface, pre-incident planning, sizeup & initial strategy, structure triage, structure protection overview, tactics in the interface, tactical operations & resource use in the interface, action assessment, plan update, & after action review.
Prerequisite: Agency personnel - (FFT1) qualified. Structural Fire Department complete Intro to ICS(I-100), (L-180), (S-130/190), and (S-131); or equivalent training.

S-219: Firing Operations
This course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a Firing Boss (FIRB) to qualified FFT2 and FFT1 and outlines duties of other personnel who may engage in a firing operation. The course discusses and illustrates common firing devices and techniques. Although comprehensive in nature, the course work is not a substitute for the dynamic fire environment.
Prerequisites: a minimum of FFT2 qualified and RT-130. Students seeking FIRB certification must successfully complete, ICS-200, S-230, S-290 and RT-130.

Saw Work

S-230: Crew Boss (Single Resource)
This is a classroom course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of duties associated with the single resource boss position from initial dispatch through demobilization to the home unit. Topics include operational leadership, preparation & mobilization, assignment preparation, risk management, entrapment avoidance, safety & tactics, offline duties, demobilization, & post incident responsibilities.
Prerequisites: S-290 & FFT1 qualified.

S-231: Engine Boss (Single Resource)
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 & crew capabilities & limitations, information sources, fire sizeup considerations, tactics, & wildland/urban interface.
Prerequisites: S-230 & FFT1 qualified.

S-236: Heavy Equipment Boss (Single Resource)
This is a skill course is designed to meet the training needs of a Heavy Equipment Boss on an incident as outlined the PMS 310-1 and the Position Task Book developed for the position. Primary considerations are tactical use and safety precautions required to establish and maintain an effective dozer operation. A field exercise is required as part of the course. Prerequisites: includes completion of pre-course work (2 hours) and Qualified as firefighter type 1 (FFT1). 

S-261: Applied Interagency Incident Business Management
This course is designed to provide the prerequisites skills/knowledge necessary to perform the task of the entry-level finance positions for commissary manager, personnel time recorder, equipment time recorder, compensation for injury specialist and claims specialist.
Prerequisites: S-260

S-270: Basic Air Operations
This course covers aircraft types & capabilities, aviation management & safety for flying in & working with agency aircraft, tactical & logistical uses of aircraft, & requirements for helicopter take-off & landing areas. Note: The regulations, procedures & policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency & ICS operations.
Prerequisites: None.

S-290: Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
This fire behavior course provides students with the knowledge of wildland fuels & fire behavior to make safe & effective fire management decisions on prescribed & wildland fires.
Prerequisites: S-130/190.

S-330: Task Force/Strike Team Leader
This course meets the training requirements for the positions of Task Force & Strike Team Leader. The course is designed to be interactive with several scenarios & exercises specific to wildland fire suppression.
Prerequisites: Qualified as any Single Resource Boss; completion of pre-course work.

Line work

S-339: Division/Group Supervisor
This course prepares students to perform in the role of division/group supervisor. It provides instruction in support of the specific tasks of the DIVS, but will not instruct students in general management/supervision or in the incident command system (ICS), both of which the student should learn through prerequisite work. Topics include division/group management, organizational interaction, division operations, all-hazard operations, & tactical decision games.
Prerequisites: Qualified as a (TFLD) OR qualified as (ICT3) OR qualified as (ICT4) & in any two strike team leader positions (one must be STCR or STEN).



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Summer Academy

2018 Summer CWFIMA Academy
June 2 - 8, 2018
Salida High School - Salida, CO

Course schedule will be posted  by Mar 1

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2018 Summer Academy

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Student RegistrationStudents are able to register On-Line for the upcoming Academy, please read the following information prior to completing the Student Registration Application. document Click to download a PDF of the NWCG Nomination Form (15 KB) .

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