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2015 Fire Academy Required Equipment and Pre-Course Work

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The Fall 2015 Academy is scheduled to run from October 22 through November 1, 2015

The list of equipment below is from the Academy's 2014 schedule of courses. It does however, represent courses that are typically put on by the Academy each year and can still be used as a reference guide.

If you have any questions about the 2015 Fall Academy, or other Academy training opportunities, you may e-mail the Academy at NYWIMA@pb.state.ny.us or call directly at 631-769-1556. You may also e-mail the Academy at fire.academy@dec.ny.gov

The Central Pine Barrens Commission's Wildfire Task Force conducts the Academy with a consortium of federal, state and county agencies including: (Federal) Brookhaven National Lab, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, United States Coast Guard, United States Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service; (State) Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, New Jersey Forest Fire Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Stony Brook Southampton College and (City, County and Other Organizations) Dowling College, Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services, and the Colorado Wildfire Academy.

2014 Field Courses

S-130/190, S-211, S-212, S-215, S-234, S-236, S-244, L-280, Brush Truck Training/Intro to LI Wildfire Behavior, Basic Wildland Search Skills, US National Grid Mapping for Wide Area Operations

Students in S-130/190 should bring any of the below equipment that they have. Academy staff will provide additional equipment to these students as necessary.

Equipment S-211, S-212, S-234, S-236 includes:

  • Laced Leather Work Boots (vibram soles)
  • Gloves
  • NOMEX or Cotton clothing
  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Goggles
  • Water Bottles
  • Dust/Smoke Mask (optional)
  • Fire Shelter (if you have it)
  • Fire Line gear (if you have it)

Equipment for S-215, Basic Wildland Search Skills, US National Grid includes:

  • Laced Leather Work Boots (vibram soles)
  • Gloves
  • NOMEX or Cotton clothing

Students in S-215 will go on field visits, if weather permits. Students in Basic Wildland Search Skills will spend the morning in the classroom and the afternoon in the field. Dress appropriately for the weather and woods. Students will be doing a little bushwhacking, so eye protection, boots, long sleeves, tick spray, water, rain gear and a small pack should be brought to the class. Students in S-244, L-280 will spend the day in field. Students in US National Grid will spend a portion of the day in the field. Firefighters in the Brush Truck Training course should bring their regular personnel protective equipment only on the driving day for this class. Regular classroom attire is suitable on the classroom.

Students in S-234 may participate in a prescribed fire if weather permits so all gear required for actual fireline work should be brought.


Passing the Pack Test is not a requirement for passing S-130/190 and the Academy does not plan on offering the the Pack Test as part of the curriculum for this class at the Fall 2014 Academy.

Wildland Firefighting agencies typically require their firefighters to pass this test each spring, and the Pack Test can be administrated by these agencies at that time.


All of the Above Equipment +

  • Ear Protection Devices


All of the Above Equipment + (Academy can provide the equipment with the exception of the boots. If you wish to use your own agencies chainsaw, you should bring the equipment required to keep that chainsaw maintained).

  • Ear Protection Devices
  • Chainsaw Chaps
  • Chainsaw; oil, gasoline, extra chain
  • Files: Flat and Round
  • Wedges: Multiple sizes
  • Boots with Metatarsal protection

Pre-Course Work

Required pre-course work for students can be found at NWCG's website:

The link for S-130/190 online is: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfa/nfaonline/browse/wildland.shtm