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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 2018 Winter 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.



L-952: NIMS All-Hazards Public Information Officer (PIO)
This course meets the training requirements for a PIO Type 2. Topics include information organization & assignment, developing a communications strategy, information operations, creating a safe environment, effective media relations, incident within an incident, community relations analysis, documentation, demobilization, & transitioning.

L-958: NIMS All-Hazards Operations Section Chief (OSC)
This course is designed to provide a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Operations Section Chief on AHIMT. Responsibilities include: response to the incident, command needs of the incident, effectively fulfilling the position & responsibilities.

L-964: NIMS All-Hazards Situation Unit Leader (SITL)
As of 10/1/13, NWCG recognizes FEMA L964 as an equivalent to NWCG S-346 course. This course prepares students to accomplish the duties & responsibilities of a SITL. Topics include: how to activate, set up, organize, manage & demobilize a situation unit. Also covers technology used for maps, ICS-209, & other reports that the Situation Unit produces.

L-970: NIMS All-Hazards Supply Unit Leader (SPUL)
The course provides a realistic, hands on approach to mastering the skills of a SPUL.  Attendees identify information required for ordering, completion of required forms & documentation, anticipation of ordering and supply needs for the incident along with mobilization, setting up and managing the Supply Unit, and demobilization.

L-975: All-Hazards Finance/Administration Unit Leader (FAUL)
As of 10/1/13, NWCG recognizes the FEMA L975 as an equivalent to the NWCG S-360 course. This course is designed to introduce students to the knowledge & skills necessary to perform the tasks of FAUL: time UL (TIME), compensation/claims UL (COMP), procurement UL (PROC), and cost UL (COST). It provides cross training for all the FAUL positions. Students don’t need to repeat the course to become qualified in other FAUL positions, but must complete the appropriate position taskbook. 

Skill Specific Courses

 233: Fireline Paramedic:
This course will cover necessary information for EMT’s & Paramedics to function as a Single Resource on Wildland Fires. The class will review the typical emergencies, equipment needs, interface with the MEDL, emergency evacuations, wildland safety considerations, navigation and responsibilities. Prerequisites: Current EMT or paramedic certification.

CCBB/RXB3: Certified Burner / Introduction to Agency Burn Boss (RXB3) Low Complexity Prescribed Fire Leadership:
This course provides introductory training in the planning, design & implementation of low complexity “pile” burning projects. Topics include a review of basic fire behavior, project design, smoke management, legal liability, implementation techniques & the development of site specific burn plans with risk management & project complexity. Upon successful completion of this course, private landowners can initiate the task book certification process through the CO Div. Fire Prevention & Control as a Certified Burner Level B. Local, county, state and federal agency attendees are encouraged to initiate Burn Boss Type 3 Task Book.  Prerequisites: Private landowners: none. Agency attendees: qualified FFT1 or ICT5 and S-290. Important Note: Private entities without any prior fire experience and/ or training must attend all three days. Agency attendees meeting the prerequisites will start the class on day 2.

LI: Legal Issues in Emergency Management
This course introduces a range of legal issues that impact emergency management from planning to public assistance reimbursement. Overview of the emergency planning and response environment including: regulations on hazardous materials, transportation, fire and building codes. Review of legal significance and implications of guidance documents such as “whole of community planning”, CPG 101 and DOJ guidance on sheltering and evacuation. This will include a review of relevant judicial cases and DOJ litigation. Explore liability and immunity as they apply to government employees and volunteers during planning, training, exercises and response. The impacts of civil rights and Americans with Disability Act on emergency planning versus emergency response operations. The application of these planning and response principles to other preparedness planning arenas, such as the EPA guidance on school siting and hazardous materials routing. Prerequisites: none.

This course exposes a user to the basic application functions of each e-Isuite module: Resources, Cost, Time, and the Incident Action Plan. These application modules are used within the Plans and Finance sections of an IMT as well as home units. Functional knowledge of the application is required to accomplish the responsibilities within those sections. Objective: to prepare students to work on an IMT in one or more of the following positions: SCKN, RESL, DMOB, PTRC, EQTR, COST, or COMP.

NFPA1041: Fire & Emergency Services Instructor 1
This course provides new, current fire & emergency services instructors basic knowledge & methodologies for training preparation & delivery. Students receive detailed performance test information for evaluation; as well as performance standards. NWCG has approved this course as an equivalency for M-410, Facilitative Instructor. Pre-Requisites: All applicants must submit on Department letterhead a letter endorsing the applicant holds a minimum of three (3) years’ experience from one of the following; Fire service; emergency medical; emergency response or; wildland fire service. Prerequisites: once approved by the CDFPC; a copy of the IFSTA’s, Fire & Emergency Services Instructor (8th addition) book with directions will be mailed for the pre-reading. Note: Colorado applicants only!

This course prepares students to perform in the role of a Ordering Manager or Receiving Distribution Manager at all levels of Incident Management Teams including All Hazards IMT3. This 8-hour course instructs you how to establish and manage the ORDM/RCDM functions to effectively order and organize personnel, supplies and equipment needed on an incident. Key components include the coordination required between the incident and the ordering point, organization of ordering process and distribution process from mobilization to demobilization. Prerequisites: ICS-100, ICS-200 and ICS-700.

SQL: Structured Query Language for e-ISuite Reporting
This hands-on course covers the e-ISuite Custom Report module in depth and provides a basic understanding of SQL.  Students will be able to create their own custom reports by writing and understanding SQL commands along with better utilization of the Advanced Designer report function.  Time will also be spent using the Report Designer to write and create reports as needed on incidents.  Prerequisites: good computer skills using Windows and completion of N9062 e-ISuite.

TIMS: National Traffic Incident Management Responder Program
This course is being offered as a part of the Federal Highway Administration’s National TIM Responder Program for law enforcement, fire, EMS and all-hazard/wildfire personnel. The one-day course focuses on responder safety through training for a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to and clear traffic incidents. Effective TIM has been shown to increase the safety of incident responders by minimizing their exposure to risk of serious injury and even death. Students will receive a FHWA completion certificate and CO POST credit is pending. 

WFAP: Wildland Fire Assessment Program

The course will teach you how to work-side-by-side with homeowners to identify threats around their property that may be susceptible to wildfires. WFAP is a joint effort between the National Volunteer Fire Council & the U.S. Forest Service to prepare fire departments or other interested personnel with the necessary information, skills, and resources to conduct home safety assessments and provide residents with recommendations as to how to make their homes more fire adapted. This train-the-trainer program offers training and resources to teach department personnel on how to perform a home assessment including checklists and marketing tools for public promotion. Objectives include: Understanding the Problem; Identifying the Zones; Evaluating a Home; Learning Your Available Resources. Prerequisites: none.

NWCG Courses

D-110: Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC) with Intro to ROSS
This course is an overview of the expanded dispatch organization. Topics included: resource ordering & statusing systems (ROSS) process, along with established dispatch ordering channels, resource order & forms. Finally, the importance of communication & working relationships is addressed.  Prerequisites: None.

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-381:  Incident Leadership
s is a leadership development training recommended for incident response personnel who will function in fireline command roles. This is an exercise/simulation-based training. The intent of this training is to provide future leaders of divisions, groups, and type 3 incidents with the leadership tools to effectively exert command and control over a quickly assembled team in a time constrained and rapidly changing incident environment. Prerequisites: L-180, Qualified as any strike leader, (TFLD), (ICT4), any support unit leader, or supervisory dispatcher..

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-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-262:  Incident Contract Project Inspector
The course will prepare students to represent the Contracting Officer Rep (COR/COTR) to secure compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract and notify the contractor of deviations from the contract requirements. Provide subject matter expertise in the field to the incident supervisor of contracted equipment to ensure contract requirements are met. Consult with the COR/COTR concerning matters which may require contract action. Prerequisites: None.

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-300: Extended Attack Incident Commander
This course focuses on the lessons of leadership & command as they relate to the ICT3 position. Participative lecture format with multiple tactical decision games for students to practice new knowledge. Topics covered: Foundation Skills, Situational Awareness, Command & Control, Managing the Incident, Transitional Activities, Post-Fire Activities & a Final Simulation with Optional Staff Ride.  Prerequisites: Qualified ICT4 & TFLD or Qualified ICT4 & strike team leader & any two single resource boss positions (one must be CRWB or ENGB).

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.


S-339: Division/Group Supervisor Line work
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).

S-357: Food Unit Leader
This course is designed to meet the training needs of a food unit leader (FDUL). Topics include information about the assignment, coordination, general information, safe food handling, national contract administration, alternate feeding methods, and demobilization. A significant portion of this course is devoted to examining the administration of the National Mobile Food Services Contract as it applies to the FDUL. Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of pre-work.

S-359: Medical Unit Leader
This course is designed to provide the skills & knowledge needed to perform in the role of medical unit leader (MEDL). Topics include gathering information, organizing the medical unit, supervising the unit, evaluation, documentation, & demobilization. Prerequisites: Current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or equivalent.

S-390: Introduction to Fire Behavior Calculations
This is a skills course designed to instruct prospective fireline supervisors in wildland fire behavior for effective & safe fire management operations.  Prerequisites: S-290 & satisfactory performance as Single Resource Boss.



Winter Academy

2019 Winter CWFIMA

January 7-13, 2019

University of Colorado Springs (UCCS), Colorado Springs

Registration and schedule will be ready August 15th

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