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WFS 100 Land Navigation (1-0) 1 hr.

This course will provide students with hands-on experience in the fundamentals of map and compass utilization. Emphasis will be placed on topographic map interpretation and field navigation techniques. In addition to the standard orienteering compass, students will learn how to navigate by Global Positioning System (GPS). F View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 101 Fire Science Agencies and Careers (1-0) 1 hr.

This course covers the main federal, state and non-governmental agencies that hire Wildland Fire Fighters. Topics will include the missions of each agency, hiring procedures, the meaning of seasonal employment, job descriptions and job requirements. Students will be given a thorough explanation of positions within and outside of New York State. In addition, the role of volunteer fire fighters will be explored. F View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 110 Wildland Fire Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes and Safety Zones (LCES) (1-0) 1 hr.

In the wildland fire environment, Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, Safety Zones (LCES) are key to safe procedures for firefighters. The elements of LCES form a safety system used by firefighters to protect themselves and work as a team with others. In this course students become engaged in the process of designing their own safety program. Students will discuss and develop the L, C, E, and S creating a list of performance standards. The entire class will then work together to produce and edit a contract, based on consensus, which guides performance. (This course description is adapted from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Fireline Handbook PMS-410, and Field Manager’s Course Guide PMS 901-1) F View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 130 Wildland Fire Suppression (S-130/S-190) (2-0) 2 hrs.

This course provides the training necessary for the Federal Interagency “RED” Card for wildland firefighter. Topics covered include: ignition, behavior, and spread of wildfires; the role of topography and fuels in wildfires; prescribed fires as a management tool; use of fire suppression equipment; methods of fire prevention and suppression; State and Federal wildland fire control agencies. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. (Also listed as CON 255) B View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 131 Firefighter Type I (S-131 Wildland) (1-0) 1 hr.

This interactive course contains activities to allow students to demonstrate the information learned in class. Topics include: fireline reference materials, communications, and tactical decision making. Course meets NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) standards for S-131 certification (FFT1). Graded S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) basis. Prerequisite: Firefighter type 2 (FFT2). This can be accomplished through completion of CON 255/WFS 130 or any NWCG recognized S-130 course. F View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 135 Wildland Fire Suppression Topics I (1-0) 1 hr.

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete specialized training in wildland fire suppression topics not typically or regularly offered as part of the wildland fire suppression certificate program. Certain topics offerings may lead to NWCG certification and would therefore require prerequisite coursework. Other topics may be suitable for novices and have no prerequisites. Topics typically involve a field component and may be held as a residential course at the Muller Field Station or the East Hill campus. Prerequisite: CON 255/WFS 130 or any NWCG recognized S-130 course. B View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 136 Wildland Fire Suppression Topics II (2-0) 2 hrs.

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete specialized training in wildland fire suppression topics not typically or regularly offered as part of the wildland fire suppression certificate program. All specialty courses will meet NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) standards. Topics typically involve a field component and may be held as a residential course at the Muller Field Station or the East Hill campus. Pre-requisite: CON 255/WFS 130 or any NWCG recognized S-130 course. B View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 211 Portable Pumps and Water Use (S-211) (2-0) 2 hr.

This course is designed for individuals to gain competency in the use of portable pumps and water for application on a wildland fire line. Skill areas include supply, delivery and application of water. Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of correct water use, basic hydraulics and equipment care. A field exercise requires students to set up, operate and maintain pump equipment. Course meets NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) standards for S-211 certification. S View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws (S-212) (2-0) 2 hrs.

This course provides an introduction to the function, maintenance and use of powered chain saws and their tactical wildland fire application. This course is appropriate for students with little to no previous experience in operating a chain saw. Field exercises emphasize safety, proper cutting techniques, field maintenance and use of a saw in surroundings similar to fireline situations. Course may lead to NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) standards for S-212 certification and may include a fee. Students pursuing NWCG certification MUST complete Firefighter type 2 (FFT2) prior to enrolling in this course. Prerequisite: Firefighter type 2 (FFT2). This can be accomplished through completion of CON 255/WFS 130 or any NWCG recognized S-130 course. S View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface (S-215) (2-0) 2 hrs.

This course designed to assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fires that threaten life, property and/or improvements in the wildland/urban interface. Course meets NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) standards for S-215 certification. Prerequisite: WFS 130/CON 255 or permission of the Department. Prerequisite: CON 255/WFS 130. S View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


WFS 256 Fire Ecology (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course is designed to give students an appreciation and understanding of the ecological role of fire in a variety of North American ecosystems. Advantageous adaptations of species inhabiting fire prone ecosystems will be discussed. The effects of fire on plants and animals will be discussed within the context of ecological time scales. The effect of past state and federal policies concerning wild fire will be examined using various case studies. Students will also be introduced to the use of prescribed burning as a habitat restoration technique. (Also listed as CON 256) S View Course SyllabusAdobe Acrobat, PDF


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