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

Next Course:

Online October 7 to 28, with live field days the week of Oct 31 - Nov 4, 2022

Registration opens in August

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Course Description:

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

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 approximately 33 hours of online coursework in the 3-weeks prior to the live field day.

In-person training:

Participants must attend an in-person field day at a location of their choosing. Some previous field day locations have included:

  • Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in Bristol, FL
  • Ordway-Swisher Biological Station in Hawthorne, FL
  • Disney Wilderness Preserve in Poinciana, FL
  • Archbold Biological Station in Venus, FL
  • Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, FL

What to bring to the field training:

  • 6 inch or higher leather boots
  • Leather gloves
  • PPE (optional: if you have it, please bring it!)

Registration Fee:

$135-$155  (NOTE: there will be a limited # of discounts available for current college students with proof of valid ID)

*Early registration is available to participants who has previously graduated from one or more of the NATA Core Certificate Courses.

For more information, contact:

Workshop 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.