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Join a Winning Team and Learn the Skills YOU Need to Succeed!

Great Basin College is excited to offer courses in Wildland Fire Science with its new Wildland Fire Science Academy (WFSA)! You will not find a better program anywhere in the West!


All Wildland Fire Science Academy classes sponsored by Great Basin College meet or exceed federal course standards as outlined by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). GBC is an active partner with local, regional, state, and federal agencies, including the BLM, Forest Service, and local fire departments. The GBC WFSA mission is, to provide training opportunities for current agency personnel, private fire contractors, and individuals seeking employment as firefighters. Many of these courses have pre-requisite requirements in order to register. Complete a nomination form by clicking here! Space is limited and there are enrollment pre-registration deadlines so register early. Register now by using the Great Basin College Continuing Education registration site!


The WFSA  provides customized training developed around the specific needs of firefighters and employers. Examples of training include Wildland Fire, CPR/First Aid, OSHA safety and numerous other industry competency based curriculum. Click here to review the brochure. GBC's WFSA also provides other services including a single student housing option. Please visit our Housing for Single Students page for more information!


For individuals interested in pursuing a career in wildland fire-fighting and management, call us today to find out how the WFSA can help you start your future today!


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To ensure your class placement, remember to Complete a Nomination Form and e-mail the completed nomination form to Troy Phelps at

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Student Housing Options

For information regarding single student housing, check out our Housing for Single Students page!


Nomination Form

Complete a Nomination Form

E-mail completed nomination form to Troy Phelps at


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For Information Contact

Bret Murphy
Dean of Applied Science
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV  89801



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Basic Wildland Fire Training Field Day & Online Basic Wildland Fire Training (S130 / S190 / L180 / I100)

This Basic Wildland Fire course is a combination of online and field work. Students must sign-up for an online section through the NWCG website at: To complete the online course work you must have a Course Administrator. Your Course Administrator is Sean Basso. Sean will contact you after signing up for the course, or you may contact him from the information listed above. Once you are on the NWCG website you must complete the following courses: I-100, S-110, S-190, S-130. Please allow several weeks to complete these courses. All online course work must be completed before attending the field day training. The field day will be held on May 31, 2014 from 08:00 to 17:00. For more detailed instructions about the online training, click here!


Wildland Fire Refresher (RT130)

  • May 27 & June 1, 2014
  • Hours: 4
  • Cost: $40/person

Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training should be designed to provide up to date fireline safety information to employees holding Incident Command System qualifications requiring this training per the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide. Individual sessions of Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Training should contain content pertinent to the registered students.


Advanced Wildland Firefighter (S131)

  • May 28, 2014
  • Hours: 8
  • Cost: $80/person

Firefighter Type 1, S-131, is an eight-hour course designed to meet the training needs of the Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives and class discussion. Topics include fireline reference materials, communications, and tactical decision making.


Look Up / Look Down (S133)

  • May 27, 2014
  • Hours: 4
  • Cost: $40/person

This course is designed to train Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) and Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) to identify environmental factors and indicators of hazardous fire conditions, and how to use these indicators when implementing the Risk Management Process. The course is CD-based classroom course, based on facilitated exercises.


Expanded Dispatch Recorder/ROSS (D110)

  • May 27 - May 31, 2014
  • Hours: 40
  • Cost: $250/person

This course provides students with the skills to perform as an expanded dispatch recorder (EDRC). Topics include the structure of the expanded dispatch organization, description of resource ordering and statusing process, and the importance of the EDRC having effective communication skills and working relationships. The final is a 4-hour, scenario-based exercise where students will complete resource order forms based on timed inputs and supplemental handouts. A Reference Guide at the end of Unit 3 contains reference documents for students to use during the course and when on assignment. The course gives a very general overview of Resource Ordering and Statusing System (ROSS) – it does not teach students how to use ROSS.


Initial Attack Incident Commander (S200)

  • May 31 & June 1, 2014
  • Hours: 16
  • Cost: $150/person
  • Prerequisite for Initial Attack Incident Commander (S200) is, must be a Single Resource or have Chief's permission

This course is designed to meet the training needs of the incident commander type 4 (ICT4). It is presented in a discussion/exercise format. The six instructional units include Foundation Skills; Intelligence Gathering and Documentation; Size Up the Incident; Develop a Plan of Action; Post-fire Activities; Evaluating Incident Objectives and Manage the Incident. Evaluation of the student is by unit tests and performance based evaluations.


Advanced ICS (I300)

  • May 28 & 29, 2014
  • Hours: 16
  • Cost: $180/person

This course provides description and detail of the Incident Command System (ICS) organization and operations in supervisory roles on expanding or Type 3 incidents. Topics include ICS fundamentals review, incident/event assessment and agency guidance in establishing incident objectives, Unified Command, incident resource management, planning process, demobilization, transfer of command, and close out.


Wildland Urban Interface (S215)

  • May 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2014
  • Hours: 32
  • Cost: $250/person
  • Prerequisite for Wildland Urban Interface (S215) is, student must be fully qualified Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or have Chief's permission to attend the course.

This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. Instructional units include firefighter safety in the interface, managing human factors in the interface, pre-incident planning, sizeup and initial strategy, structure triage, structure protection overview, tactics in the interface, tactical operations and resource use in the interface, action assessment, plan update, and after action review.


Strike Team / Taskforce Leader (S330)

  • May 28, 29 & 30, 2014
  • Hours: 24
  • Cost: $240/person
  • Prerequisite for Strike Team / Taskforce Leader (S330) is, must be a Single Resource and completed the pre-work or have Chief's permission.

This is a 24-hour course designed to meet the training requirements outlined in the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide and the position task books developed for the positions of task force leader and strike team leader. Examples and exercises in this package are specific to wildland fire suppression. If students are expected to perform in some other risk area, exercises and examples appropriate to the expected risk areas should be added.



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