Wildland firefighters open up training for high school students

Victoria Zawacki, Staff Writer

For students who would like to learn how to fight wildland fires and would like to learn firefighter training from the professionals, the Lewis and Clark National Forest is offering classes now.

Now you have a chance to learn all that with the help of the Wildland firefighters who are now offering this course at the cost of nothing. All you have to do is sign up by Dec. 13. The minimum number of students is 15 and the maximum number is 30. If they don’t reach the minimum by Dec. 13 the class will be cancelled. Students must be 17 or older to sign up for this class.

The S-130 and S-190 are the required classes and training needed to become a wildland firefighter. They will cover information about the tactics and methods of fighting wildland fires, basic fire behavior, and the effects of weather on wildland fires. This course will be taught by experienced wildland firefighters employed by the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

The class is on Monday Dec. 27 at 8 a.m. and will conclude by noon on Thursday Dec. 30. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch. Students must attend all four days and pass the final written exam to receive certificates. The class will be held at the Lewis and Clark Supervisors Office in the Wildland Fire Training Room:

1101 15th St. N.

Great Falls, MT 59401

For more information, contact Willie Knudsen @ 406-791-7759 or email @ [email protected]