It doesn't just feel like the wildland season is getting longer and longer each year; it is. Every year, wildfires are starting earlier and ending later, leaving many parts of the country facing wildfires year-round. There's no doubt that wildfires can have a devastating impact on communities. And the longer the season, the more vigilant and prepared firefighters and communities must be to minimize loss. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), as of May 6, 2021, there have already been 19,000+ fires, burning 527,000+ acres this year in the U.S.
In recognition of May as National Wildfire Awareness Month, which is dedicated to planning, preparing, and preventing wildland events, Vector Solutions is proud to announce the release of our annual RT-130 Wildland Fire Safety Refresher online training course series. This special series consisting of four modules, available through Vector's Learning Management System (LMS), explores the fundamentals of wildland firefighting, wildland fire behavior, situational awareness, safety strategies, and more. Included in the modules are discussions of topics recommended for the U.S. National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Annual Refresher.
In this module, you will review recent issues and incidents in wildland firefighting and explore safety fundamentals in wildland firefighting operations. Key topics include:
This module provides an overview of wildland fire behavior and strategies for predicting changes in behavior that could lead to hazardous conditions. Key topics include:
Complete this module for a deeper understanding of situational awareness and injury prevention in wildland fire operations. Key topics include:
This module explores safety strategies particular to wildland fire operations and reviews some basic components of fire line construction. Key topics include:
For more mission-critical courses developed for fire services, explore the Vector LMS Firefighting Course Catalog, featuring 450+ hours of training for fire departments, including courses based on NFPA codes and standards.