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S-130/S-190/L-180: Basic Wildland Firefighter

Next Course:

Online coursework: October 18 - November 9, 2023

In-person field day: One 7-hour day; the week of November 13, 2023

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Course Description:

S-130/190 is designed to provide entry-level wildland firefighter skills, and is often required for participation in prescribed burning activities (Firefighter Type II). Participants will receive federally-recognized National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certificates for S-130, S-190, and L-180.

This course satisfies the fire-requirement for NATA's Certificate in Natural Areas Management (CNAM).

Course topics include:

  • Proper tactics to extinguish fire with or without the use of water
  • Why lookouts, communications, escape routes, and safety zones are important
  • The primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire
  • How to recognize potentially hazardous situations
  • Environmental factors of fuel, weather, and topography that affect the spread of wildland fire

Presented in a hybrid format (both the online and in-person field day is required)

Online training:

Prior to the in-person field day, participants MUST complete 33 hours of online coursework across 3-weeks (on your own, with weekly assignment deadlines); reliable internet connection and computer is required.

All registrants must complete the online training provided by NATA (we do NOT accept participants for the Field Day only). Example agenda from Fall 2022: S130/190/L180 Training Agenda 2022Fall

In-person field day:

Participants must attend an in-person field day at a location they choose when registering (capacity is limited at each site); no transfers allowed.

  • Field locations and dates for fall 2023:
    • Nov. 13 - Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL
    • Nov. 16 - Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose, FL
    • Nov. 17 - Archbold Biological Research Station, Venus, FL
    • Nov. 17 - Wickham Park, Brevard County EEL, Melbourne, FL

What to bring to the field training:

  • 6 inch or higher leather boots
  • Leather gloves
  • Cotton/natural fiber clothing
  • Lunch and water bottle
  • PPE (optional, but encouraged and required if you want to participate in live fire: helmet, Nomex, eye protection)

Registration Fee:

$170 per person

There will be a limited # of discounts available for current full-time college students in Florida for $130 (proof of enrollment is required); email Training Coordinator prior to the early registration date.

*EARLY registration is available to anyone who has graduated from one or more of the NATA core certificate courses . Contact NATA Training Coordinator >1 week in advance of the early registration date for early access code. 

For more information, contact:

Training Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy

Students holding a fire hose.

Students wearing PPE.

Instructor addresses students.

Students on the fireline.

Students on the fireline.

Students mopping up fireline.

Student on the fireline.

Students deploying a fire shelter.