It is recommended that students complete the FEMA IS-700.a online course prior to the training. The course coordinator will collect completed training certificates on the first day of training.
All entry level wildland firefighters complete a five-day instructional course including:
- Physical Fitness testing
- S-130 - Basic Wildland Firefighting
- S-190 - Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
- L-180 - Human Factors on the Fireline
- I-100 - Introduction to the Incident Command System
In addition, an eight-hour hands-on field exercise is completed during the training. This hands-on field exercise gives entry-level students the skills and confidence needed to safely perform their assigned job duties. The exercise includes:
- Portable pump and hose lay use
- Fire shelter deployment
- Handline construction
- Weather observation
Individuals must attend all five days of the training and successfully pass the written exams to receive certification as an entry level wildland firefighter. Candidates who have satisfactorily completed the training must complete a formal Miller Timber Services, Inc. application prior to official hiring and addition to the roster.
Firefighters with at least one season of experience do not need to take the training course again. Instead, we offer an annual one-day refresher course, RT-130, which must be taken each year.
Note: Annual refresher courses have limited seating, so please contact the course coordinator to register.
The Work Capacity Fitness Test (Pack Test) is also required annually for returning firefighters.
Candidates with previous wildland firefighting experience with organizations other than Miller Timber will be evaluated on an individual basis. Qualified firefighters' records will be reviewed and evaluated to determine relevancy and to verify that training and experience requirements have been met.
Individuals with structural (rather than wildland) firefighting experience should contact the course coordinator to see if their previous training is compatible with Miller Timber Services, Inc.'s training requirements.