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


Online coursework: May 20-June 7, 2024

Live Field Day: (choose 1 location; 1 8-hour day) TBD: during the week of June 10, 2024

Register HERE on April 9th* (early registration), and April 16th (regular registration). 

*see below; must contact NATA by April 2nd

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 32 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). Agenda Checklist S130/190 Spring 2024 

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 include the follow:
    • Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL - Monday, June 10
    • Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, Melrose, FL - Thursday, June 13
    • Archbold Biological Research Station, Venus, FL - Friday, June 14
    • Pine Island Conservation Area, Melbourne, FL - Thursday, June 13

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:

$190 per person

There will be a limited # of discounts available for current full-time college students in Florida for $150 (proof of enrollment is required); you MUST 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.