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Basic Firefighter:  This course is required for all personnel who participate on prescribed burns, and is equivalent to the Federal "Basic 32" Firefighter training.  Participants will learn the essentials of fire line safety and basic techniques of fire suppression, basic principles of fire weather, and receive an introduction to the Incident Command.  This training incorporates lecture, participant-presenter interaction and hands-on exercises.

Department Participants: Job-required for all participants on prescribed burns.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees participating with prescribed fire or fire suppression responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Program Length: Same as above.

Fire Equipment Operations:
  Designed as an adjunct of Fire Suppression Tactics, this course provides instruction on the effective use of fire suppression equipment, especially fire trucks and portable pumps.  Safe vehicle operation is emphasized, including Code 3 operations.  This course is appropriate for any DPR personnel that operate fire suppression equipment.

Department Participants: Job-required for employees acting as holding specialists on prescribed burns.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed fire or fire suppression responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Prerequisite: Basic Firefighter
Program Length: 32 hours

S290-Fire Behavior and Fire Weather:  This course deals primarily with weather and its effects on fire behavior.  It is presented with an emphasis on fire suppression, but is equally useful in prescribed fire applications.  Participants learn to apply weather data to specific local conditions such as current fire behavior, fuels, and topography in order to predict future fire behavior.

Department Participants: Job-required for employees acting as holding specialists on prescribed burns.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed fire or fire suppression responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Prerequisite: Basic Firefighter
Program Length: 32 hours

Fire Suppression Techniques:  This course has been developed specifically for DPR employees and is a continuation of basic firefighter training.  Major topics include initial attack responsibilities, suppression methods, pre-planning to reduce the threat of escape and the capabilities of suppression tools and resources.  This training incorporates lecture, problem solving exercises, and field experience.

Department Participants: Job-required for employees acting as holding specialists on prescribed burns.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed fire or fire suppression responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Prerequisite: Basic Firefighter, S290 Fire Behavior and Fire Weather, Fire Equipment Operations
Program Length: 36 hours

Fire Suppression Tactics:  This course provides students with experience in the common methods used to attack small wildifres.  It focuses on the supervision of a fire suppression action during the initial attack phase, the deployment and safe utilization of available resources, and evaluation of the need for additional resources.  Suppression of live fire situations is included.  This training incorporates lecture, problem solving exercises, and field experience.

Department Participants: Job-required for employees acting as holding specialists on prescribed burns.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed fire or fire suppression responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Prerequisite: Basic Firefighter, Fire Suppression Techniques
Program Length: 36 hours

Fire Ecology and Prescribed Burning:  This course provides participants with an understanding of the role of fire in California's diverse ecosystems.  Special emphasis is placed on the effect of fire on plant communities, soil and wildfire.  Other topics include fire's impact on air quality, cultural resources, and aesthetics; the physics and chemistry of combustion; the use of prescribed fire as a management tool; and the DPR Prescribed Fire Management Program.  This training incorporates lecture and laboratory experience.

Department Participants: Job-required for all participants on prescribed burns at the ignition specialist or burn boss levels.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed or fire suppression techniques.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Program Length: 36 hours

RX230-Firing Equipment and Ignition Methods:  This course covers the safe handling and use of various ignition devices used on prescribed burns including drip torches, flare guns, high pressure systems, and aerial ignition equipment.  It includes the proper application of these methods to achieve desired fire behavior, the common ignition patterns used in prescribed burning, and planning and conducting ignition operations.  To the extent possible, this course includes field demonstrations of both equipment and ignition patterns.  This training incorporates lecture, demonstrations, problem solving exercises, and field experience.

Department Participants: Job-required for all participants on prescribed burns at the ignition specialists or burn boss levels.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed fire or fire suppression responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Prerequisite: Basic Firefighter, Fire Suppression Tactics
Program Length: 36 hours

S390-Fire Behavior Calculations:  This course provides an introduction to fire behavior analysis, primarily through the use of predictive modeling.  It is a useful tool in developing prescriptions, since it provides trainees with the ability to predict fire characteristics based on local conditions, including fuel type, moisture content, slope, aspect, and weather.  This training incorporates lecture, demonstrations, and problem solving exercises.

Department Participants: Job-required for all participants on prescribed burns at the ignition specialists or burn boss levels.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed fire or fire suppression responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Prerequisite: Basic Firefighter, S290-Fire Behavior and Fire Weather
Program Length: 36 hours

RX450-Smoke Management Techniques: An essential course for anyone planning and conducting prescribed burns, this program gives participants an overview of air quality regulations relating to emissions from wood smoke.  Also covered are techniques for mitigating the impacts of emissions, health and safety factors, air quality regulations, and other to consider during the planning process.  This training incorporates lecture, demonstrations, and problem solving exercises.

Department Participants: Job-required for all participants on prescribed burns at the burn boss levels.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed fire planning or implementation responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Program Length: 36 hours

S-490 Advanced Fire Behavior Calculations:  Designed for predicting fire behavior on large wildfires, this course provides valuable skills for burn bosses who are planning and managing  complex prescribed burns.  It is an intense study of predictive models, and is most suitable for people with previous experience using applicable computer programs and planning prescribed burns.  This training incorporates lecture, demonstrations, and problem solving exercises.

Department Participants: Job-required for all burn bosses conducting large, complex burns.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed fire planning or implementation responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Prerequisite: S290-Fire Behavior and Fire Weather, S390-Fire Behavior Calculations
Program Length: 36 hours

Fire Crew Leadership:  This course is intended for DPR employees who act as fire crew leaders or assistant leaders.  The emphasis of the class is on developing strong leadership skills, understanding the responsibilities of a crew leader, crew safety, teamwork and motivation, and directing crew activities during prescribed fire and wildfire operations.  This training incorporates lecture, demonstrations, problem solving exercises and field experience.

Department Participants: Job-required for fire crew leaders and assistant leaders.
Job-related training for employees selected by district superintendents based on need.  Priority will be given to employees with prescribed fire or fire suppression responsibilities.
Non-Department Participants: Same as above.
Prerequisite: Basic Firefighter and Fire Suppression Tactics
Program Length: 36 hours