Hutchinson Community College’s wildland fire training course for the spring of 2013 has been scheduled and we are currently accepting enrollments. The course is scheduled for March 6th to the 10th. This is a 5-day course that runs Wednesday through Sunday. Classes are 8-5 each day. The Kansas Forest Service will cover all tuition costs for in-state students. Transportation, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the student.
Training consists of two federal certification courses, S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior, S-130 Firefighter Training. These courses complete the necessary training for wildland firefighters. The last day of class is field exercises that require protective clothing because of some live fire activities. You may bring your own protective clothing or we can provide you with some if needed. The protective clothing consists of 8-inch high leather work boots (no steel toe), Nomex outerwear, leather gloves, hard hat, and eye protection. Structural bunker gear may also be used for the field exercises.
In order to be fully certified to participate in fire suppression activities on federal fires, each individual must pass a fitness test at the arduous level. This test consists of a 3-mile walk with a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes or less. If you desire to meet this requirement, we will be offering this test after class on March 8th, weather permitting. This is a difficult test and you should honestly assess your current fitness level and prepare accordingly. I would recommend that you at least walk a three-mile course to get used to the pace required. You will be required to sign a medical waiver prior to pack testing. This test is not required to pass the training courses. A brochure outlining the pack test can be viewed at http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/safety/wct/2002/brochure_2002.pdf.
The national “Red Card” certification qualifies you to participate in federal wildland fire suppression activities. This may be done either as a federal fire employee or as a summer casual firefighter. Hutchinson Community College, in cooperation with the Kansas Forest Service and several federal agencies, participates in a 20-person hand crew and two wildland engines that are dispatched through the federal dispatch center at Pueblo, CO. Red card qualified firefighters may apply to become part of the resource list from which the crew is filled.
Courses will be held at the Hutchinson Community College South Campus, just outside of Yoder, KS.
For more details or application materials, contact Bobby White at 620-728-4462, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.