Course: S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior / S-130: Firefighter Training / L-180: Human Factors on the Fireline

Dates: FULL

Location: Bemidji Fire Station, 312 Lake Ave SE, Bemidji, MN

Sponsor: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Course Description:

S-190: 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 Basic Firefighter Training, S-130. It is designed to meet the fire behavior training needs of a firefighter type 2 (FFT2) on an incident.


  • Identify and discuss the three sides of the fire triangle.
  • Identify the environmental factors of fuels, weather and topography that affect the start and spread of wildland fire.
  • Describe the contributing factors that indicate the potential for increased fire behavior that may compromise safety.

S-130: This course is designed to provide entry level firefighters skills. Many of the units are set up so they can be taught in either the classroom or the field; field time is encouraged. A version of L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline, has been included as part of this course.


  • Explain what the LCES (Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones) system is and how it relates to the Standard Firefighting Orders.
  • Construct fireline to required standards using various methods.
  • Strengthen, reinforce, and use holding actions on a fireline.
  • Extinguish the fire with or without the use of water.
  • Complete assigned tasks in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Given an assignment in a wildfire environment, describe factors in that environment which could impact safety.

L-180: The primary content of the L-180 course is delivered by video and supported with small group exercises. Topics include: situation awareness, basic communication responsibilities, attitude and stress barriers, decision-making process, and teamwork principles.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of their responsibilities to address human performance issues so they can integrate more effectively into crews/teams operating in highrisk, dynamic work environments.

Target Audience:

S-190: Entry level firefighters
S-130: Entry-level firefighters
L-180: Entry Level Personnel

Course Prerequisites:

S-190: None
S-130: None
L-180: None

Course Pre-work:

S-190: None
S-130: It is highly recommended that students complete two on line courses BEFORE coming to class: IS-100 ICS Overview online and IS-700 NIMS Overview online
L-180: None

Class Size: 35

Tuition: None

Nominations Due: 2018-03-01

Remarks: Send Nominations to: Elizabeth Bourquin MN DNR NW Region Forestry 2115 Birchmont Beach Rd NE Bemidji, MN 56601 218-308-2361 [email protected]

Send nominations via your agency training representative to:
Todd Manley
Minnesota Interagency Fire Center
402 SE 11th
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
218.322.2683 (Office)
[email protected]