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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

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.

2015 Field Courses

S-130/190, S-130/190 (Field Day), S-211, S-212, S-215, S-219, S-236, S-270/271, RX-310, RX-341, Basic Wildland Search Skills, Brush Truck Training, ATV, RECON

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

Students in S-130/190 and S-130/190 (Field Day) should be aware that the field portion of this class can be vigorous and physically exerting.

Passing the Pack Test is not a requirement for passing S-130/190 and the Academy does not plan on offering the Pack Test as part of the curriculum for this class at the Fall 2015 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.

Equipment needed for S-211, S-212, S-219, S-236, S-270/271

  • Laced Leather Work Boots (Vibrum soles)
  • Gloves
  • NOMEX OR Cotton clothing
  • Hard Hat with chin strap
  • Safety Goggles
  • Water Bottle
  • Dust/Smoke Mask (optional)
  • Fire Shelter (if you have it)
  • Fire Line gear (if you have it)

Students in S-215, RX-310, RX-341, RECON will go on field visits, if weather permits.

Equipment for these classes includes:

  • Sturdy hiking boots or Laced Leather Work Boots (vibram soles)
  • Field clothes should be suitable for being outdoors in late October on Long Island.

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 bush whacking, so eye protection, boots, long sleeves, tick spray, water, rain gear and a small pack should be brought to the class.

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 in the classroom.

All of the above equipment plus

  • Ear protection devices

All of the above equipment plus (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 & 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:

NWCG S-130 Firefighter Training (link leaves DEC's website)

NWCG S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (link leaves DEC's website)

Pre-Course Work

Required pre-course work for students can be found at NWCG's website (link leaves DEC's website).