WFS490 - Wildland Fire Suppression

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Subject Title
Wildland Fire Suppression

Subject Description
This course includes all of the content prescribed by Ontario Fire Marshal, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and the Ministry of Natural Resources to meet the SP-103 standard for wildland firefighting. The course will introduce the student to the terminology, tools and methods commonly used in wildland fire suppression. Practical fieldwork will teach skills for using wildland fire suppression equipment and demonstrate suppression techniques. Students will have the opportunity to scout a simulated fire scene and prepare an initial attack plan.
Content will focus on three main areas: Fire Management Planning, Wildland Fire Prevention and Wildland Fire Suppression for Fire Departments (SP-103). The course will include a significant component of hands-on training. Firefighter safety will be emphasized throughout the course.

Credit Status
One college course credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Know the basic skill requirements, terminology and working conditions found in wildland firefighting operations;
  2. Construct fire-line safely and effectively when using standard wildland fire equipment including portable wildland fire pumps, hose lays, and hand tools;
  3. Maintain equipment in the field and retrieve and prepare equipment for return to the fire station;
  4. Describe environmental influences (fuel, weather and topography) and how they govern wildland fire behaviour;
  5. Identify and interpret the components of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS);
  6. Understand the variable nature of the wildland fire problem and the need to develop a fire response system that can expand to meet a changing situation;
  7. Understand the concepts of Wildland Fire Management Planning and know the process to develop Fire Management plans at various levels in a Fire Management Organization including Tactical and Strategic plans, Seasonal Operational Plans and Municipal Wildland Fire Management plans;
  8. Identify the three “E”s of Wildland Fire Prevention and use this knowledge and the ability to assess a wildland fire problem to develop a Fire Prevention plan;
  9. Assess properties in the Wildland Urban Interface and describe remedial actions that would reduce the risk of damage due to Wildland Fire;
  10. Recognize wildland fire spread indicators used to identify the area of origin of a fire and understand the need to investigate all wildland fires to determine the most probable cause;
  11. Understand and describe the principles of chain of command and span of control as they are applied in wildland fire operations including Unified Command Structures;
  12. Work safely and effectively on Wildland Fire Operations involving Chains Saw, Heavy Equipment, Helicopters and Fixed Winged Aircraft.

Essential Employability Skills
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Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

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