• Course Descriptions

  • Fire Protection Technology (FRP)

    FRP-101 : Basic Forest Management

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    An introduction to forestry and forest land management activities and practices related to forest stewardship. Students will gain an understanding of how social, economic and environmental values influence current forest policies and regulations.

    FRP-102 : Basic Forest Management Lab

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 1 - credits ]

    Provides lab and field exercises to provide experience using forest management field equipment discussed in FRP-101. The Lab includes the use of diameter tape, loggers tape, compass, clinometer, increment borer and wedge prism to measure tree height, diameter, tree age, diameter increment and basal area. Use fixed plot and variable plot forest sampling methods to gain the skills to gather data necessary to calculate stocking, volume, growth and determine timber appraised value.

    FRP-107 : Wildland Fire Career Portfolio

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Create a job-marketing tool that reflects knowledge, education and skills related to the wildland fire industry. Students will create a portfolio consisting of a resume, reference letters, work samples and other content that accurately reflects the student's employment fitness. Skills and knowledge related to the field of wildland fire and or forest management will be discussed.

    FRP-110 : Basic Wildland Fire Investigation (FI-110)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 1 - credits ]

    An introduction to the roles and responsibilities of wildland firefighters in determining a wildland fire origin. Students will identify the wildland fire categories, wildland fire behavior and the initial observations made by the firefighter responding to and arriving at a wildland fire. The primary emphasis of this course is to teach sound wildland fire observations and origin scene protection practices that enable first responders to a wildland fire scene to perform proper origin scene protection procedures.

    FRP-130 : Introduction to Wildland Firefighting (S-130/S-190/L-180)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 4 - credits ]

    This course provides an introduction to wildland fire behavior, wildland firefighting safety and wildland firefighting techniques. The course provides the student with the basic skills necessary to fight wildland fires under close supervision.

    FRP-131 : Advanced Firefighter Training (S-131)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 1 - credits ]

    This course provides instruction that meets the training requirements for the Wildland Firefighter Type 1 position. The course includes student interaction through the use of reference guides in order to make wildland fire ground assessments and to identify and address safety issues.

    FRP-180 : Wildland Fire/CWE

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - 6 credits ]

    Work-based learning experience in a wildland firefighting capacity meeting requirements as set forth in the wildland firefighting task book. Current enrollment in or successful completion of FRP-107. Required: Instructor consent.

    FRP-201 : Advanced Forest Management

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Discuss and explore forest management concepts and principles through classroom lecture and field trips including forest policy development and the current federal and state laws. Identify and define forest ecosystem management principles and activities; wildlife, watershed and recreation values and conflicts. Compare forest management on federal, state and private lands.

    FRP-205 : Forest Management Assessments & Inventories

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Provides forest technicians, wildland firefighters and other natural resource employees the ability to conduct various forest management and recreation management assessments and inventories. The students will gain the ability to gather data for making forest management and decisions.

    FRP-211 : Portable Pumps and Water Use (S-211)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    Basics of portable pumps and water hydraulic systems used to extinguish wildland fires. Includes classroom and field exercises.

    FRP-212 : Wildfire Power Saws (S-212)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This courses provides the introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws. Students will be instructed on and demonstrate the safe use of chain saws in wildland fire fighting operations. During field exercises the students will demonstrate and apply the proper techniques for chain saw operation, identify the use of proper personal protective equipment, demonstrate how to inspect and maintain a chain saw, demonstrate proper cutting techniques for trees and brush and discuss and apply proper hazard recognition techniques prior to and during cutting operations.

    FRP-215 : Fire Operations in the Urban Interface

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    Instruction in the assessment of home and structures located in and around forest, grass and brush lands (urban interface) for vulnerability to a wildland fire. Assessment includes the construction features of homes and structures that can provide protection from a wildland fire, the application of basic tactical operations for fire suppression activities, the assignment appropriate resources to fire suppression activities andthe safe operational requirements for the firefighters and the public.

    FRP-216 : Driving for the Fire Service (S-216)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    NWCG S-216 certified. Knowledge and skills required of drivers to safely and efficiently operate fire vehicles in the fire environment.

    FRP-220 : Initial Attack Incident Commander (S-200)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 1 - credits ]

    NWCG S-200 certified (ITC4). Provides individuals in charge of the initial attack of small, non-complex fires the training needed for readiness, mobilization, size-up the fire; and the administrative requirements that must be completed by the incident commander.

    FRP-230 : Crew Boss (Single Resource) (S-230)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    The course provides the student with the basic knowledge required of a crew leader (Crew Boss) of a wildland firefighting crew for a Federal, State or Contract Agency fire organization. The students will demonstrate the ability to prepare for the assignment, define the preparation and mobilization for the fire crew, travel and arrive at the assignment, address safety and risk management principle prior to engaging the crew in an operation, define key firefighting tactics, describe the crew boss duties when the crew is in base camp and prepare the crew for demobilization/release after completing the assignment.

    FRP-231 : Engine Boss (Single Resource) (S-231)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 1 - credits ]

    NWCG S-231 certified. Develop proficiency in the performance of all duties associated with the single resource engine boss.

    FRP-236 : Heavy Equipment Boss (s-236)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    Provides the student will the basic knowledge to perform the administrative tasks, equipment inspection procedures, safety procedures, communications procedures and preparation of heavy equipment used in wildland firefighting and all hazard type non-fire incident response.

    FRP-243 : Wilderness I: Psychology of Survival

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    Student will learn how to be mentally and physically prepared to survive in the wilderness, the psychology of surviving, and what to do when things go wrong. The course explores the science of survival. Other topics include disaster preparedness, ropes and knots, heat related injuries and increasing situation awareness.

    FRP-244 : Wildnerness II: Basic Land Navigation (S-244)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    Students will learn how to make and document field observations, how to produce hand drawn and GPS field maps, and how to navigate using a map, compass, and GPS.

    FRP-245 : Wilderness Iii: Weather of the NW

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    This course covers the basics of weather forecasting, especially as it relates to the weather of the Northwest.

    FRP-246 : Wilderness IV: Backcountry CPR/First AID/AED

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    Introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. Course results in CPR, 1st Aid & AED certification.

    FRP-247 : Survivor V: Dangerous Animals

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    Focuses on Northwest animals' and insects' habits, habitats, how to prevent and avoid conflict with them and what to do if you're attacked. First-hand accounts, stories, CDC statistics and recommendations will be included.

    FRP-248 : Wilderness V: Intro Search/Rescue

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    This course introduces students to the philosophy, tactics, and operations of search and rescue techniques and strategies. It will also address how people behave and respond when they become lost.

    FRP-249 : Followership to Leadership (L-280)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    The course prepares the student for a basic wildland fire leadership role. Students will be able demonstrate basic leadership skills through interactive classroom discussions and scenario based exercises.

    FRP-250 : Wilderness VI: Basic Tool Use and Care

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Selection, operation, and maintenance of power driven machines, such as chain saws, and hand tools to include shovels, Pulaski, single and double bit axes, hand saws, machetes and various other tools used in forestry, firefighting and survival activities. Class includes a lab component.

    FRP-259 : Task Force/Strike Team Leader (s-330)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    The course provides students with the initial required classroom training to perform as a leader of several wildland firefighting apparatus assigned to a wildland fire.This course provides the students with interactive group exercises and scenarios in which the students will gain experience managing multiple resources both on and off assignment at an incident.

    FRP-270 : Basic Air Operations (S-270)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 1 - credits ]

    NWCG S-270 certified. A survey of the use of aircraft in fire suppression and how to conduct yourself in and around aircraft.

    FRP-271 : Helicopter Crewmember (S-271)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 4 - credits ]

    The course provides the student with the helicopter aviation classroom and field training required for the Helicopter Crew Member (HECM) position for wildland firefighting operations and support activities. Through exercises the students will demonstrate proper radio communications with helicopters, the identification and application of helicopter performance/limitations and load calculations, the application of standard risk management and safety principles and the proper techniques for preparing equipment or passengers for a helicopter mission.

    FRP-280 : Wildland Fire/Advanced CWE

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - 6 credits ]

    Work-based learning experience in a wildland firefighting capacity meeting requirements as set forth in the wildland firefighting task book. Required: Instructor consent.

    FRP-290 : Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course provides the student with the basic skills to determine the characteristics of fuels(vegetation) when involved in a wildand fire, the effects weather has on a wildland fire, the various topographic features that impact wildland fire and the fire behavior patterns of a wildland fire.

    FRP-294 : Intermediate Incident Command System (I-300)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    NWCG I-300 certified. This course provides description and detail of the Incident Command System (ICS) organization in supervisory roles on expanding or Type 3 incidents. NIMS compliant.

    FRP-295 : Advanced Incident Command System (s-400)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 2 - credits ]

    This course provides the student with the advanced level instruction and application of the functional positions and organizations found within the Incident Command System(ICS). Through exercises, the students will apply the functional/titles and positions within ICS in order to identify and address incident or events needs and the define the inter-agency coordination required to effectively manage large scale incidents or events.

    FRP-296 : Introducation to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations (S-390)

    [ Not Offered Every Term | 4 - credits ]

    This course introduces the students to the fire behavior calculations used to estimate wildland fire behavior and fire spread. Students will apply the calculations using graphs and scales based on modeling to determine the characteristics of fuels, the weather and topography that influences fire behavior and document these calculations using the manual methods.


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    Call us: 503-594-3539