BC Wildfire Crew Member Training

Prepare now for summer employment as a wildland firefighter. Develop essential knowledge in wildfire preparedness and operations, including BC Forest Service certifications in fire suppression and entrapment avoidance. As a graduate, you will possess the skills, knowledge and certification required for entry-level employment as a crew member on a wildland fire crew in BC.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: TBD
Length: 1 month
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It’s a good job for people who enjoy the adrenaline rush, for those who like to travel and who enjoy working as part of a team. It’s the kind of work that if you like it, you’ll love it.

Henry Grierson, wildfire crew training instructor

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BC Wildfire Crew Member Training Program

  • OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • OFA-015 Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement
  • OFA-001 WHMIS
  • MVO-069 Transportation of Dangerous Goods - Comprehensive
  • WFO-013 Power Saw Operator
  • WFO-019 Introduction to Incident Command System
  • FOR-012 Basic S100 Fire Suppression & Safety
  • WFO-015 Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance
  • WFO-016 Fire Communications
  • WFO 027 Portable Pumps and Water Delivery
  • ROC-010 Restricted Operator Certificate - Aeronautical (ROC-A)
  • WFO-021 Heavy Equipment
  • WFO-025 Air Tanker Operations
  • WFO-022 Introduction to Fire Behaviour
  • WFO-018 Helicopter Orientation and Safety
  • FOR-021 Map & Compass
  • WFO-020 Wildlife Awareness

Completion Requirements

You must complete all courses in the program with a passing grade.

Admission Requirements

Like all firefighters, applicants for the program must be physically fit and willing to participate in a structured fitness plan.

How to Apply

Register by mail, email, or in person:

Program Highlights

The BC Wildfire Crew Member Training program is designed to give you the introductory theory and practical skills needed to become a wildland firefighter.

During this 16-day intensive program, you will complete the following modules:

BC Wildfire Crew Member Training Program

  • OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • OFA-015 Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement
  • OFA-001 WHMIS
  • MVO-069 Transportation of Dangerous Goods - Comprehensive
  • WFO-013 Power Saw Operator
  • WFO-019 Introduction to Incident Command System
  • FOR-012 Basic S100 Fire Suppression & Safety
  • WFO-015 Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance
  • WFO-016 Fire Communications
  • WFO-027 Portable Pumps and Water Delivery
  • ROC-010 Restricted Operator Certificate - Aeronautical (ROC-A)
  • WOF-021 Heavy Equipment
  • WFO-025 Air Tanker Operations
  • WFO-022 Introduction to Fire Behaviour
  • WFO-018 Helicopter Orientation and Safety
  • FOR-021 Map & Compass
  • WFO-020 Wildlife Awareness

Industry Certification

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive the following industry certifications:

  • S100 Basic Fire Suppression
  • S185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance
  • S232 Portable Pumps and Water Use
  • S212 Fire Communications
  • S170 Helicopter Safety
  • S190 Introduction to Fire Behaviour
  • S213 Heavy Equipment
  • S242 Air Tankers
  • Industry Canada Radio Operator certificate (ROC-A)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Ground and Air
  • ICS Certification (Incident Command)

 

Supply List

The following equipment will be provided (must satisfy funding / admission requirements)

  • hard hat
  • CSA-approved safety boots or caulk boots
  • hearing protection
  • eye protection
  • gloves
  • rain gear, if required

Schedule

The program is delivered over 16 consecutive weekdays and is comprised of instructor-led theory and practical application. Classes run four days a week, 8:30 am to 5 pm.