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Colorado Firecamp, Wildland Firefighter Training

Apply with on-line application, Firecamp PDF application or NWCG nomination form.

Payment is expected on the first day of class, unless arrangements are made to invoice agency or fire department.  Payment is not required at time of registration.  *** During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are waiving cancellation fees, allowing students to cancel enrollment entirely or switch to another class session, and agencies to transfer enrollment to another student. ***

Quick-links to Classes:
Fire Instructor I

Fire Officer I
Emergency Medical Responder
S-130/190, Firefighter Type 2
S-131/211, Firefighter Type 1
S-212, Sawyer/Faller
S-219, Firing Operations
S-230/231, Crew Boss/Engine Boss

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E-mail or call (719) 539-9329 if you have any questions.

Course coordinator is Hilary Hastings

e-mail: Telephone: (719) 539-9329. Course location is Salida, Colorado.

Fax form to (719) 530-0316 or mail form to:

Colorado Firecamp, 9008 County Road 240, Salida, CO 81201

Colorado Firecamp accepts payment by cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Military veterans may also use their Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits and AmeriCorps Education Award.

Daily bus service to Salida departs from downtown Denver at 1:45 pm with a one-way cost of about $29 on the Bustang, Gunnison-Denver route. Light rail train service departs every 15 minutes on RTD University of Colorado A Line between Denver International Airport and Union Station in downtown Denver, with a ticket cost of $9 each way. Schedule your flight arrival time for 11:30 am or earlier on the day prior to your class start for the bus connections to Salida. Extra night of lodging costs $25. Firecamp staff will pick-up and drop-off students at the bus stop in Salida at no charge.

Note: Prices shown include tuition, lodging, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals generally begin with breakfast the first day served at 7:30 am and continue through lunch on last day of class. Meals to accomodate vegetarian, vegan, and special diets are available, if requested in advance. An extra night of lodging before or after the course is available for $25 per night.

A discounted price excluding lodging is offered to the local member agencies (units) of the Upper Arkansas Valley Wildfire Council and the Headwaters Training Officers Association.






NWCG and IFSTA firefighter training
Salida, Colorado - 2020-2021

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Firefighter 2 (FFT2, entry-level red card)





S-130/190 Basic Firefighter (includes L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline)

Effective 9/1/2020, we no longer offer the Work Capacity "Pack" Test at Firecamp, per an updated MOU with the Rocky Mountain Coordinating Group. 
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  • ***roster full - December 11-13, 2020 - waitlist***
    (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • ***roster full - January 8-10, 2021 - waitlist***
    (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • February 5-7, 2021
    (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • March 5-7, 2021
    (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • April 9-11, 2021
    (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • April 29 - May 2, 2021
    (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • May 20-23, 2021
    (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)

NIMS IS-100 & IS-700


S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

S-190 required for 3 day sessions only


$475 - 3 day sessions

$575 - 4 day sessions

RT-130 Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training
Includes optional work capacity test (light, moderate, or arduous duty, as needed for position.)


  • TBD

Firefighters that received an RT-130 and pack test for the year of 2019 may not need these for 2020. See FMB Order for more information.



Firefighter 1 (FFT1)





S-131 Firefighter Type 1 and
S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use
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  • ***roster full - January 8-10, 2021 - waitlist***
    (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • April 30 - May 2, 2021
    (8:00 am Fri. — 5:00 pm Sun.)

S-130/190, FFT2



$475 starting 2021


S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws
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  • March 18-21, 2021
    (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • April 15-18, 2021
    (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • May 13-16, 2021
    (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
  • June 3-6, 2021
    (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)


S-130/190 (or none, if on chainsaw project crew)


S-219 Firing Operations (formerly S-234 Ignition Operations)
  • TBD



L-280 Followership to Leadership
  • TBD



S-270 Basic Air Operations
  • TBD


S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior 

  • TBD




Single Resource Boss and Incident Commander Type 4





S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander
  • TBD

Any single resource boss


S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface

  • TBD



S-230 Crew Boss (single resource) & S-231 Engine Boss
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  • April 8-11, 2021
    (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)

S-290, FFT1


Felling Boss
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  • TBD



S-236 Heavy Equipment Boss

  • TBD



S-359 Medical Unit Leader
  • TBD


S-244 Field Observer
  • TBD

S-290; FOBS: any single resource boss


Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I & Medical First Responder (preparation for Colorado state certification)





Fire Instructor I (equivalent to M-410, Facilitative Instructor, based on IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor curriculum)
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  • February 4-7, 2021
    (8:00 am Thu. — 5:00 pm Sun.)

Any wildland or structural firefighting certification.

$575 (student provides textbook)

Fire Officer I
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Class takes place over 2 weekends.

  • February 18-20 & 25-26, 2021

Meet all DFPC pre-requisites, including Fire Instructor I certification

$650 (student provides textbook)

Emergency Medical Responder
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  • TBD
First Aid / CPR certification $750
Red Cross Wilderness Remote First Aid
  • TBD
CPR certification $350
Fireline Medic
  • November 14-15, 2020 ***Roster full, waitlist***
    (8:00 am Sat. — 5:00 pm Sun.)
EMT or higher, FFT2 $350
Firefighter I Academy
  • TBD
None $4050
Hazardous Materials Operations
  • TBD
None $575
Technical Rope Rescuer, Level I
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  • TBD


Emergency Medical Responder, $750

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is an entry-level emergency medical provider course that will prepare individuals for employment or a volunteer position in a variety of pre-hospital, industrial and first responder settings. The successful completion of an approved EMR course can be a pre-requisite to pursuing training as a Fire Fighter and many Law Enforcement programs. 

Fire Instructor I (equivalent to M-410 Facilitative Instructor), $575

32-hour class based upon IFSTA “Fire and Emergency Services Instructor,” 8th edition, designed to prepare the student to meet the job performance requirements (JPR’s) contained in NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications (2012) for the position of Fire Instructor, level I and can be found at for $69.50 or on This class is equivalent to NWCG’s M-410, “Facilitative Instructor.” Includes pre-course reading, project assignments, and Colorado state proctored JPR practical.

Read more about the Fire Instructor I class.

Technical Rope Rescuer, Level I, $900

Rope Rescue Technician I provides an intense, five-day, 40-hour training in rope rescue fundamentals. This course includes the application of principles, mathematics, forces, anchoring, and concludes with the construction and operation of high lines that bring into play many of the necessary skills outlined by NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications (2013 Edition). Text for this course is CMC Rope Rescue Manual (Fourth Edition).

RT-130 Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training, $175

(2016, 8 hours) Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training should be designed to provide up to date fireline safety information to employees holding Incident Command System qualifications requiring this training per the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide. Individual sessions of Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training should contain content pertinent to the registered students.
Course prerequisites - None.

S-130 Basic Firefighting Training, $475

(2004, 32 hours) S-130 is designed to provide entry level firefighter 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 and I-100, Introduction to ICS has been included as part of this course. Credit is issued for S-130, L-180, and I-100 upon completion of this course.
Course prerequisites - S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, ICS-100 & ICS-700.

Read more about the S-130 class.

S-131 Firefighter Type 1 Training and S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use, $465

S-131, (2016) S-131, Firefighter Type 1, is a twelve-hour course designed to meet the training needs of the Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) and/or Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5). This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains class discussion and several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives. Topics include operational leadership, communications, LCES, and tactical decision-making.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as a Firefighter, Type 2 (FFT2)

S-211, (2012s) This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills to design, setup, operate, troubleshoot, and shut down portable water delivery systems. The focus is on portable pumps – it does not address water delivery for engines. Topics covered include: portable water delivery systems; equipment; roles and responsibilities; and system design and hydraulics. There is also a field exercise where students will apply what they learned in the classroom.
Course prerequisites - None.

Read more about the S-131/211 class.

S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander, $350

(2007) This course is designed to meet the training needs of the ICT4. It is presented in a discussion/exercise format. The six instructional units cover: Foundation Skills; Intelligence Gathering and Documentation; Size Up the Incident; Develop a Plan of Action; Post-fire Activities; Evaluating Incident Objectives and Manage the Incident. Evaluation of the student is by unit tests and performance based evaluations.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as any single resource boss.

S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws, $675

(2012) This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course lessons provide introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Field exercises support entry level training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2) for fireline qualification, or none, if on chainsaw project crew.

Note: Precourse work is Wildland Fire Chain Saw Glossary, along with list of equipment needed for class. Also read the 2006 USFS Region 2 chain saw policy to learn more about sawyer training and certification.

S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface, $465

(2003) This course is designed to assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface.

Instructional units include: interface awareness, size-up, initial strategy and incident action plan, structure triage, structure protection tactics, incident action plan assessment and update, follow-up and public relations, and firefighter safety in the interface.

The course requires a minimum of 28 hours for completion. If the optional exercises at the end of the tactics unit are used or a field exercise is included additional course time is needed. Instructors are encouraged to extend the course to 32 hours and add a field exercise covering size-up, structure triage, tactics, and any other local area training as appropriate.
Course prerequisites -

Wildland Fire Agencies: Students must be Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) qualified.
Structural Fire Departments: Students should have completed Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180), Firefighter Training (S-130), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), and Firefighter Type 1 (S-131); or equivalent training.

Students attending this course must be knowledgeable of their agency firefighting policy as it relates to wildland/urban interface fires.

S-219 Firing Operations (formerly S-234 Ignition Operations), $465

(2014) The course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a firing boss (FIRB) and outlines duties of other personnel who may engage firing operations. The course discusses and illustrates common firing devices and techniques. Although comprehensive in nature, the course work is not a substitute for the dynamic fire environment. The course provides students with important information regarding general tasks required to be successful. Any opportunity to show students a real ignition or demonstrate the use of an actual firing device will assist in transferring these new concepts and skills to the job. There is an optional field day outlined in the course, it is the discretion of the delivery unit to include the field day, however, if logistically feasible it is suggested by NWCG that a field day be conducted.
Course prerequisites - FFT2 (S-130/190).

S-230 Crew Boss & S-231 Engine Boss, $575

S-230 (2004) This is a classroom course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of duties associated with the single resource boss position from initial dispatch through demobilization to the home unit. Topics include: operational leadership, preparation and mobilization, assignment preparation, risk management, entrapment avoidance, safety and tactics, offline duties, demobilization, and post incident responsibilities.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as firefighter type 1 (FFT1).
Successful completion of Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290).

S-231 (2004) This is a skill course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of the duties associated with engine boss, single resource (ENGB). Topics include: engine and crew capabilities and limitations, information sources, fire size-up considerations, tactics, and wildland/urban interface.
Course prerequisites - Crew Boss, Single Resource (S-230).
Qualified as a firefighter type 1 (FFT1).

S-236 Heavy Equipment Boss, $465

(2013) This is a skill course is designed to meet the training needs of a Heavy Equipment Boss on an incident as outlined the PMS 310-1 and the Position Task Book developed for the position. Primary considerations are tactical use and safety precautions required to establish and maintain an effective dozer operation. A field exercise is required as part of the course.
Course prerequisites - Qualified as firefighter type 1 (FFT1).

S-244 Field Observer, $465

(2007) This course provides students with the skills necessary to perform as a field observer (FOBS) and/or a fire effects monitor (FEMO). Topics include roles and responsibilities of the FOBS and FEMO; how to make observations and document those observations; how to produce hand drawn and GPS field maps; and how to navigate using a compass and GPS. The navigation unit has 4½ hours of field exercises and the final field exercise is 8 hours. For pre-course work, students need to read and complete exercises in Basic Land Navigation (NFES 2865).
Course prerequisites - S-290; FOBS: Qualified as any single resource boss or
FEMO: Qualified as a firefighter type 2 (FFT2)

S-270 Basic Air Operations, $350

(2011) This course covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas. Note: The regulations, procedures and policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency and ICS operations. State, county, or other political subdivisions using this course will need to consult their agency having jurisdiction with respect to regulations, procedures and policies.

S-359 Medical Unit Leader, $465

This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed to perform in the role of medical unit leader (MEDL). Topics include gathering information, organizing the medical unit, supervising the unit, evaluation, documentation, and demobilization. Course prerequisites - EMT.

L-280 Followership to Leadership, $350

(2008) This training course is designed as a self-assessment opportunity for individuals preparing to step into a leadership role. The course combines one day of classroom instruction followed by a second day in the field with students working through a series of problem solving events in small teams (Field Leadership Assessment Course). Topics include leadership values and principles, transition challenges for new leaders, situational leadership, team cohesion factors, ethical decisionmaking, and after action review techniques. Some course delivery may be arduous in nature.
Course prerequisites - Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180).

S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, $575

(2007) This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. It is the second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills. This course may be presented throughout the United States. Fire environment differences are discussed as necessary, and instructor should stress local conditions.
Course prerequisites - Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190).


Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid, $350

This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of wildland firefighters, conservation corps, chainsaw crews, adventure trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, this course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs.

Fireline Medic, $350

This course will cover necessary information for EMT’s & Paramedics to function as a Single Resource on Wildland Fires. The class will review the typical emergencies, equipment needs, interface with the MEDL, emergency evacuations, wildland safety considerations, navigation and responsibilities.

Prerequisites: Current EMT or paramedic certification.


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