Wildfire Training

  • Basic Wildfire Courses – March 30 - April 3, 2015
    The Maryland DNR Forest Service Fire Management Staff is offering the NWCG certified training courses S-130 - Wildland Firefighter; S-190 - Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior; and L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline.

  • Work Capacity (Pack) Test & RT-130 Annual Wildfire Refresher – REGISTRATION is Now OPEN
    The Maryland DNR Forest Service Fire Management Staff is offering the NWCG certified training courses RT-130 – Annual Wildfire Safety Refresher and Pack Test. All wildland firefighters must pass the pack test and complete the refresher training to be red carded.

  • 2015 Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy June 6 - 12
    The Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact annually sponsors the Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy. The Academy will offer a spectrum of classes in essential wildland firefighting skills, from basic to advanced levels. The classes are held on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. For more information and registration: http://www.mawfta.com/

Online Wildfire Training

All online courses require a course administrator. The Administrator is available during normal business hours to answer any questions the student may have during the course. The course administrator for Maryland State only is Richard Lillard, Fire Manager. Contact him at 301-478-2976 or ric.lillard@maryland.gov to register. NWCG certificates will be issued by the course administrator only after submitting the required information to verify the successful completion of the course.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG):

  • I-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System (2006)
  • This self-paced course is an introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS). Topics include: introduction to ICS, basic features of ICS, incident commander and command staff functions, general staff functions, facilities, and common responsibilities. It provides a foundation upon which to enable entry-level personnel to function appropriately in the performance of incident-related duties.

  • S-110 Basic Wildland Suppression Orientation
  • Basic Wildland Fire Suppression Orientation is a video which provides essential information for individuals interested in wildland fire management. It may be used as a companion to S-130, Firefighter Training, and is particularly useful for indoctrination of non-fire management employees to the world of wildland fire. The video provides information on personal preparedness and responsibility, mobilization, incident procedures, proper clothing and equipment, and living conditions in wildland fire camps. The Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461, NFES 001077 should be provided to students at the time the video is shown.


  • S-130 Firefighter Training (Blended Learning)
  • This course addresses the foundational skills universal to all wildland firefighters. The material is divided into 12 online modules (1 to 3 hours each) and a mandatory, instructor-led field day exercise (Module 13). Each online module explains the concepts and skills that will be performed and evaluated on the field day exercise. Module 12 contains optional knowledge areas (pump operations, map and compass, fire investigation and cultural resources) that are very useful concepts, but not required due to time constraints.


  • S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
  • This course provides instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. S-190 is typically taught in conjunction with or prior to Firefighter Training, S-130. The material is divided into three online modules (1 to 3 hours each).

  • S-260 Interagency Incident Business Management
  • This course meets the general training needs of all positions for which an understanding of interagency incident business management is required. The Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook, NFES 002160, is used as the primary job aid to supplement this course. It provides basic policy and direction for incident business management.

  • S-290 Intermediate Wildland Behavior
  • Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, S-290 is the second course in a five course sequence developing wildland fire behavior prediction skills and knowledge. In the Wildland Fire Qualifications System Guide, PMS 310-1, this course is required of those planning to work as one of the Single Resource Bosses or a Fire Effects Monitor on wildfires, fire use fires, and prescribed fires. It builds upon the basics in S-190,Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, but with more detailed information about characteristics and interactions of the wildland fire environment (fuels, weather, and topography) that affect wildland fire behavior for safety purposes.

FEMA National Incident Management System courses: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.aspx