S-215 | Firing Operations in the WUI


This course was developed using a blended approach to learning, meaning that it contains a mix of online and instructor-led training (ILT). Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course prior to taking the ILT. The course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a firing boss (FIRB) and outlines duties of other personnel who may engage firing operations. The course discusses and illustrates common firing devices and techniques. Although comprehensive in nature, the course work is not a substitute for the dynamic fire environment. The course provides students with important information regarding general tasks required to be successful. Any opportunity to show students a real ignition or demonstrate the use of an actual firing device will assist in transferring these new concepts and skills to the job. There is an optional field day outlined in the course, it is the discretion of the delivery unit to include the field day, however, if logistically feasible it is suggested by NWCG that a field day be conducted.


  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the FIRB for planning, execution, safety, coordination, and evaluation of an ignition operation on a wildland or prescribed fire.
  • Describe the characteristics, applications, safety and availability of the various firing devices a FIRB has at their disposal.
  • Given a wildland or prescribed scenario, prepare a firing plan and briefing that contains desired fire behavior, firing techniques, required resources, coordination, safety and risk management factors, and communication to meet specific objectives.
Firing Operation | Cost: $125

Begins Monday, May 18th

Classes will begin at 0800 (CT).

Classes are scheduled to end each day by 1700 (CT).

Instructor: NPS

May 18th - 20th | Individual Registration REGISTER

Course Components and Hours to Complete

  • Pre-selection assessment N/A
  • Pre-course work N/A
  • Online training 2
  • Instructor-led training 16-18
  • Field day (optional) 4
  • Total Hours 18-24
  • Target Group
  • Personnel desiring to be qualified as Firing Boss, Single Resource (FIRB) and Firefighter Type 1 and 2 personnel looking to gain valuable information to conduct or participate in firing operations.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as firing boss, single resource (FIRB) and firefighter type 1 and 2 personnel looking to gain valuable information to conduct or participate in firing operations.

Minimum Instructor Qualifications
Lead instructor must be a qualified Firing Boss, Single Resource (FIRB).
Unit instructors must be qualified as any Single Resource Boss.
See NWCG Instructor Certification at the beginning of this Guide.

Course Prerequisites
Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).

Course Level