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The classes are the National Wildland Fire Suppression classes:
S-130 Basic Wildland Firefighter
S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior
L-180 Human Factors on the Fire line

These courses provide instruction in the primary environmental factors that affect the start and spread of wildfires and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. Also, human factors on the fire line and basic incident command structure will be discussed.

Cost:  All fees are due the first day of class. Acceptable payment methods include check, made payable to Southwestern Community College,  money order or certified bank check.

The Wildland Fire Academy has a tuition fee of $125.00 (Fee exemptions for tuition will apply for some North Carolina Fire / Rescue personnel). All payments must be made on the first day of class.

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Pre-Registration for any of the Wildland Fire Fighting courses can be completed online or by contacting the Fire / Rescue Training Coordinator Alan McWilliams at 828.306.7045.

Class Size:

Classes are limited to 30 people. Please register early.


Class confirmation will be emailed five days prior to the start of class. If you have not received confirmation please call 800.447.4091 and ask for Public Safety Training Center or 828.306.7045.

Future classes include:

  • S-133 Look Up, Look Down, Look Around
  • S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander
  • S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Supply
  • S-214 Fire Operations in the Urban Interface
  • S-230 Crew Boss (Single Resource)

Note: To perform as an entry-level wildland firefighter, you will need to pass a physical fitness test offered by your employer. A typical test is a three-mile hike, carrying a 45-lb. pack. This test must be completed in less than 45 minutes.

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Fire/Rescue Program Director/Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 7045

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