S-100 Forest Fire Fighter Training 

Fighting wild fires is not a job for everyone. The work is demanding, dangerous and downright dirty. It is also challenging, satisfying and undeniably thrilling. If you share our affinity to Canada's spectacular wilderness, are not afraid of hard work and do not mind flying, perhaps this job is for you! 

To be eligible for employment as a Ministry of Forest firefighter, you must first complete what is generally known as the S-100 course, described in these pages and offered by FireWise Management. 

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S-100 Basic Fire Suppression and Safety

Description: This course has been designed to meet the training requirement for forest workers in British Columbia as determined by the Forest Practices Code and the Forest Fire Prevention and Suppression Regulation. This course also provides the basic training required for all fire fighters employed by the Ministry of Forests. Topics covered are fundamentals of forest fire fighting, regulations, safety, fire behaviour, and water delivery systems. Participants are required to complete a written exam (70% or more) and demonstrate the practical components such as pump handling, digging guard, and fire line safety in a field session.
Course goals: Upon completion of the training, the participants will be able to:

Fundamentals of Fire Fighting:

  • Use basic fire fighting terminology.
  • Explain the 10 o'clock concept.
  • Identify the basic rules and methods of fire suppression.
  • Identify mop-up and patrol procedures.
  • Identify the basic tools and equipment, and their safe use.
  • List the components of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System and understand its use.

Safety and Fire Behaviour:

  • List key weather factors that influence fire behaviour.
  • Identify dangerous topography.
  • List correct fire fighting gear (personal protective equipment).
  • Identify the three categories of fuel.
  • List the six fire rankings.
  • Distinguish between crowning and candling.
  • Identify dangerous fire fighting strategies.
  • Identify any other factors that make fire fighters vulnerable to entrapment.
  • Identify the required elements for a crew briefing.

Portable Pumps and Water Delivery Systems:

  • Discuss the characteristics of water that make it useful on the fireline.
  • Identify the various methods of applying water.
  • Identify the forest service pumping equation.
  • Describe the differences between two pumping classifications.
  • Describe proper use and care of hose and hose accessories.
  • Demonstrate correct set-up and use of water delivery systems.
  • Identify the primary extinguishing agents used by the forest service.
  • Describe and demonstrate correct use of mobile tanker units (important if these are used on the work site).
  • Determine whether water delivery systems used at the work site will meet the fire prevention and suppression regulation requirements.


S-100A Fire Suppression - Annual Retraining

Duration: 4 hours
Description: This workshop provides annual retraining for Basic Fire Suppression as required by WCB regulations. Retraining is intended for holders of current S-100 certification and provides review of fire behaviour, fire suppression, water delivery systems, and safety procedures.
Course goals: Upon completion of the training, the participants will be able to:
  • Discuss detection and reporting forest fires, overview of fire suppression and Industry's role.
  • List the factors that affect fire behaviour and how to use them to fight fire.
  • Describe principles of fire suppression, such as fireline organization, fire attack methods, burning off and backfiring, mop-up and patrol.
  • Review use of fire tools in the field.
  • Discuss fireline safety, personal protective equipment, evacuation procedures, entrapment survival action, and emergency radio operation procedures.
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