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2023-24 Schedule of Firefighter Training

Apply for classes on-line.
E-mail us or call (719) 539-9329 with questions.

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Quick-links to Classes:
S-130/190 Basic Firefighter
S-131/211 Firefighter Type 1
S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander
S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws
S-215 Fire Operations in the Urban/Wildland Interface
S-219 Firing Operations
S-230/231 Crew / Engine Boss
Felling Boss
S-236 Heavy Equipment Boss

S-244 Field Observer
S-260 Interagency Incident  Business Management
S-270 Basic Air Operations
S-290 Fire Behavior
S-359 Medical Unit Leader
L-280 Followership to Leadership
RT-130 Wildland Refresher

Fireline Medic
Emergency Medical Responder
Fire Instructor I (M-410)
Fire Officer I
Technical Rope Rescuer

Wildland Fire Suppression Tactics Reference Guide

A Roadmap to a Just Culture

Thirtymile Criminal Complaint, involuntary manslaughter charges against crew boss

Backfire 2000 vs. United States, federal ruling on firing operations, September, 2006

Honoring Our Fallen — Wildland Firefighter Foundation video clip

2006 Preliminary Seasonal Fire Weather / Fire Danger Outlook

Fire Origins
Remember. Learn. Share.

Surviving Fire Entrapments

The “Swiss-cheese” model of accident causation

Inaja Fire, 1956

Loop Fire, 1966

Battlement Creek Fire, 1976

Rainbow Springs Fire, 1984

South Canyon Fire, 1994

Point Fire, 1995

Island Fork Fire, 1999

Kates Basin Fire, 2000

Cramer Fire, 2003

Cedar Fire, 2003

Tuolumne Fire, 2004

Esperanza Fire, 2006

Congressional Research Service

USFS Fire Suppression: Foundational Doctrine

2001 Colorado Attorney General Opinion re: Firefighting Duties

U.S. Forest Service Region 2 issues new chain saw policy

PMS 310-1 “Wildland and Prescribed Fire Qualification System Guide”

NASF Report: Changing Roles and Needs of VFD's

NAPA Report: Utilizing Local Firefighting Forces

Cement Trucks as Tenders

NWCG Contract Resource Package


A happy crew from S-130/190 Basic Firefighter, #173 in August, 2015.
Not every S-130/190 Basic Firefighter class gets a live-fire field exercise, but the April, 2017 students sure did.

Keep updated with the Firecamp training schedule in Google Calendar.

Thanks to Dean Staley and Ryan O'Conner for a great feature
filmed during S-130/190 Basic Firefighter, #140 in March, 2014
and aired on KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico during April:

Instructor Mark Thomas gave a great, live interview on NPR's “Talk of the Nation” on September 1, 2009. Listen to “A Day in the Life of a Forest Firefighter.”

Colorado Firecamp is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, wildland firefighter school, dedicated to expanding the opportunities for firefighters (and those who someday will be) to attend quality redcard wildfire training. We primarily offer 100- and 200- level courses developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) in the areas of leadership, incident command and suppression skills.

By working with local (Upper Arkansas Valley), zone (Pueblo dispatch) and regional (Rocky Mountain Area) training teams, Colorado Firecamp fills a niche in the wildland fire training market. We offer another option for fire management officers, fire chiefs, county sheriffs, and training officers to advance the skills of their firefighters. And, we give those without firefighting experience or previous firefighter training a chance to get a 'foot in the door' with the wildland agencies.

Classes are taught using the conference facilities of the Ponderosa Lodge. Located 12 miles west of Salida, Colorado Firecamp sits in the middle of the Maysville-North Fork wildland/urban interface. Field exercises reinforce the classroom lessons.

Simply stated, the mission of Colorado Firecamp is centered on “keeping quality in qualification” of wildland firefighters.

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or call (719) 539-9329

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

"keeping quality in qualification"

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