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2016 Fire Academy Required Equipment and Pre-Course Work

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The Fall 2016 Academy is scheduled to run from October 20 through October 30, 2016

If you have any questions about the 2016 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

2016 Field Courses

S-130/190, S-130/190 (Field Days), S-211, S-212, S-215, S-219, S-236, S-271, FI-210, RX-301, Brush Truck Training, Off-Highway Vehicle Basic Driver Course (OHV), All-Hazard Field Reconnaissance (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 2016 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-271, FI-210, RX-301

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

Students in S-219 and RX-301 may be working on prescribed fire operations, weather permitting. Students in FI-210 will be doing investigative work on burn sites.

Students in S-215, RECON will go on field visits, or be out in the field for extended portions of the day, 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 should dress appropriately for the weather and woods. Students potentially in the RECON may do 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.

S-211
All of the above equipment, if you have it, plus

  • Ear protection devices

S-212
All of the above equipment if you have it. If you wish to use your own chainsaw or your agency's chainsaw you should bring the equipment required to keep that chainsaw maintained.

  • Ear protection devices
  • Chainsaw chaps (If bringing your own equipment)
  • Chainsaw; oil, gasoline, extra chain (If bringing your own equipment)
  • Files; flat & round (If bringing your own equipment)
  • Wedges; multiple sizes (If bringing your own equipment)

OHV - Off-Highway Vehicle Basic Driver Course

Equipment for this class includes:

  • Sturdy boots or laced leather work boots (vibram soles)
  • Field clothes should be suitable for being outdoors in late October on Long Island.

Pre-Course Work

Required pre-course work for students can be found at NWCG's website: http://onlinetraining.nwcg.gov/ (link leaves DEC'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)

Students taking S-339/L-960 NWCG and All-Hazard Division/Group Supervisor should all read: The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a former Delta Force Commander by Pete Blaber. Class discussion will be on how the "Guiding Principles" of the book can be incorporated into emergency response activities.