• Fire Science (Wildland)


    The Fire Science (Wildland) program provides training that can lead to seasonal employment in wildland firefighting or to the first step to a career in the forest industry or park service. There are many career tracks in the field of wildland firefighting and forestry. It’s exciting work that requires fundamental survival, safety and firefighting training and skills. It is also important to be physically fit, work well in a team environment, and respond quickly and efficiently to instruction/commands.

    Clackamas Community College is a certified training site recognized by the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group (PNWCG), the Oregon Department of Forestry, and National Forest Service. Program instructors are National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certified and offer 15-30 years of wildland firefighting experience. Many of the courses carry NWCG certification as well as college credit.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • demonstrate the basic knowledge of wildland fire behavior,
    • recognize situations where safety may be at risk and take appropriate actions to insure personal safety,
    • apply the fundamental skills necessary to work as a wildland firefighter at the Firefighter 2 level, working as a member of a hand crew or engine crew;
    • demonstrate an understanding of basic forest management.


    The certificate can lead to careers as a wildland firefighter, forest and conservation technician, forest fire inspector or investigator, forest fire prevention specialist, independent firefighting contractor or employment in the timber industry.

    For information contact Yvonne Smith, 503-594-3207 or yvonnes@clackamas.edu; Tom Laugle, 503-594-3066 or toml@clackamas.edu or visit http://www.clackamas.edu/firescience/


    FIRST TERM Credits

    FRP-101 Basic Forest Management 3

    FRP-102 Basic Forest Management Lab 1

    FRP-130 Introduction to Wildland Firefighting (S130/S190) 3

    FRP-243 Survivor I: Map, Compass, GPS 2

    HD-120 New Student College Success 1

    WR-121 English Composition

    or WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing 3-4

    — — Fire Science (Wildland) program electives 2-5

    SECOND TERM Credits

    ESH-100 Environmental Regulations 3

    FRP-211 Portable Pumps & Water Use (S-211) 1

    FRP-216 Driving for the Fire Service (S-216) 2

    FRP-244 Survivor II: Wilderness 2

    FRP-246 Survivor IV: Wilderness First Aid 2

    MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I

    or MTH-065 Algebra II 3-4

    — — Human Relations requirement (Recommended: PSY-101) 3

    THIRD TERM Credits

    FRP-110 Basic Wildland Fire Investigation (FI-110) 1

    FRP-180 Wildland Firefighting/CWE 6

    FRP-201 Advanced Forest Management 3

    FRP-212 Wildfire Power Saws (S-212) 2

    FRP-245 Survivor III: Weather of the NW 2

    FRP-270 Basic Air Operations (S-270) 1

    Credits required for certificate 46-51


    COURSE Credits

    BI-103 General Biology; Plants & the Ecosystem 4

    EMT-101 EMT Basic Part I 5

    EMT-102 EMT Basic Part II 5

    EMT-107 EMT Rescue 3

    FRP-131 Advanced Firefighter Training (S-131) 1

    FRP-200 Basic Incident Command (I-200) 1

    FRP-205 Forest Management Assessments & Inventories 3

    FRP-220 Initial Attack Incident Commander (S-200) 1

    FRP-230 Crew Boss, Single Resource (S-230) 2

    FRP-231 Engine Boss (S-231) 1

    FRP-247 Survivor V: Dangerous Animals 2

    FRP-248 Survivor VI: Introduction to Search and Rescue 2

    FRP-249 Leadership for Firefighters (L-280) 2

    FRP-259 Task Force/Strike Team Leader (S-330) 2

    FRP-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290) 3

    FRP-294 Intermediate Incident Command System (I-300) 2

    FPR-295 Advanced ICS: ICS for Command and General Staff & Complex Incidents (I-400) 2

    FPR-296 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations (S-390) 3

    GIS-201 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3

    GIS-232 Data Collection & Application 3

    GIS-281 ArcGIS I 3

    GIS-282 ArcGIS II 3

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