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S-130/190: Basic Wildland Firefighter


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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 trainings are required)

Online training:

Prior to the in-person training, participants MUST complete two self-paced online trainings.

  • The FEMA IS-100 online course (2-4 hours of training; must bring proof of completion on first day of in-person training)
  • The S-190 online course (6-8 hours of training; test to be taken on first day on in-person training)

In-person training:

  • Classroom: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will consist of classroom instruction (9am-5pm, we'll finish early on Friday) at the Florida Farm Bureau Building in Gainesville, FL
  • Field: Thursday will be an all-day field training (8am-5pm) at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station in Melrose, FL. Transportation is provided, departing from the classroom.

What to bring:

Classroom training:

IS-100 completion certificate

Lunch (lunch is only provided on Thursday)

Field training:

6 inch or higher leather boots

Leather gloves

PPE (optional: if you have it, please bring it!)

Registration Fee:

$125 General ticket

$95 for current college students with valid ID


Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging. UF/IFAS discounts are available in Gainesville for this event.

For more information, contact:

Meghan Lauer, Workshop Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy

(850) 875-7153

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.