FIREFIGHTING TRAINING

BC WILDFIRE SERVICE AND TRAINING COURSES

Training

Do you require:
  • Fire Fighting training courses?
  • Industry S100 training?
  • Power Saw Training
We often organize training courses so be sure to check out our training calendar or reach out for any inquires.
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Our training programs are designed to prepare you with both theory based and practical, hands-on training.

We have over 25 years of experience instructing several BCWS training courses, as well as 29 years of Wildfire experience to relate to.

We are here to help you be successful.

Health and safety is always a top priority for us. Our duty of care is to ensure we are taking the necessary precautions to help lower the risk of communicable disease for our employees and/ or students.

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Courses Available

  1.  S100 & S185 Minimum prerequisite for firefighters. The S100 training includes:  S130 Fundamentals of Fire Fighting, S190 Fireline Safety, S232 Portable Pumps, and Water Delivery Systems & WHMIS 2015

  2. Crew Leader training includes S230 Crew boss, S235 Burning off and Backfiring, S212 Fire Communications, S211 Fire Weather, S241 Fire Assessment and ICS 100.

  3. Safe Chainsaw Handling and Maintenance Training (PSO). This is a non-mandatory firefighting course but can significantly improve your chances of employment.

  4. Light Truck Drivers Training.  This is a great course for any forestry job or everyday life situation.

  5. Safe ATV Operation. This course is a great asset to have in the forest industry.

Basic Requirements

S100 and S185 Courses

S-100 Basic fire suppression and fire line safety

Training Dates : Training dates will be posted in January of each year.

Upon successful completion of the course, the candidate will demonstrate a basic knowledge of wildland fire suppression organization structure, wildfire behavior, plus suppression and safety procedures. Practical skills with equipment used in BC to effectively and safely respond to wildfires are a mandatory component for initial ticket holders. Successful candidates will receive the S-100 Fire Suppression certificate.

The S-100 is a two day course the first time you take it. This course must be refreshed annually. The refresher  S-100a can easily be done by attending a 4-hour classroom session or even easier if you take it online.

S-100 annual refresher

online at www.s100a.com

S-185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance

Upon completion of the S-185 course, the participant will be able to size up and evaluate potential fire entrapment situations and how to act accordingly to remove themself safely from a potentially risky situation, deploy the necessary resources using safe and efficient strategies and tactics to prevent loss of life.

The S185 is a one-time course that takes approximately 5 hours of instruction.

S100 And S185 Courses

Time and Place

  • Time: registration at 7:45 am, Course runs 8 am to 5 pm …

  • Location: To be determined

Cost 

  • Cost $325.00 which includes a $100.00 registration deposit.

Instructor 

  • Instructor Doug Harrison -Apex

Course Cancellation

  • A minimum number of registrations must be received 48 hours before the course date.  If sufficient registration is not met by this date, the course may be canceled.

Withdrawing from a Course

  • If you need to withdraw from a course, please notify Apex by telephone, email, fax or letter. Voicemail is not considered an adequate method of notification.

Withdrawal Policy

  • Registration fee is non-refundable 48 hours after registration.

  • Exceptions to the above policy are made on compassionate grounds. In such cases, a written request for refund (letter or email), must be submitted. Refunds issued in exceptional circumstances may be full or partial refunds either in the method of original payment.

Getting a Refund

  • If Apex cancels a course due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances, all registrants will automatically be issued a refund in the manner of original payment or by cheque in the case of cash purchases.

Confirming your Registration

  • You will receive a confirmation of your Registration via email from Apex to let you know that we received and have processed your registration.

Confirming your Course

  • Apex Forest & Wildfire courses require a minimum enrollment to proceed. When minimum enrollment has been met, or approximately 48 hours prior to the course start date, you will receive a Course Confirmation from Apex via email. This message will include course details including times, location, what to bring etc. Please ensure you have provided Apex with an active email address when you register, or a daytime phone number where we can reach you.

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Other Courses

Crew Leader training consists of 4 separate courses; Instructor Doug Harrison

  • S-230 Crew Leader
  • S-235 Burning Off and Backfiring
  • S-212 Fire Communications
  • Incident Command Systems (ICS) 100

Once participants have successfully passed all 4 courses they require extensive fire line experience to become an Apex Crew Leader. Apex assigns Crew Leader trainees to an experienced Crew Leader to work in a mentorship program until fully qualified.

This 2-day Chainsaw Course is instructed By Doug Harrison

During the course you will learn:

  • The work environment/surroundings
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Parts & Maintenance of the chainsaw
  • Safe work procedures & safe cutting techniques
  • Legislation, Regulations, & Standards

Day 1:  classroom session:  Review of relevant OH&S Regulations; and hands-on work covering essential saw maintenance, correct chain filing procedures, and safe cutting techniques.

Day 2: Fieldwork: including review, identification of bucking hazards, discussion of binds and practice with cuts;

There will be a written exam as well as a final field examination.

The Course is 1 day in length, involving classroom time, field exercises, and a qualifying evaluation of skills.

ATV Operator training is required under the WorkSafeBC OH&S regulations. This course is designed to teach you to safely, how to properly ride, carrying loads, and operating in remote locations.

This certificate is valid for three years, pending a valid drivers license.

During the workshops you will learn:

  • list protective clothing and gear for operating an ATV
  • understand WorkSafeBC OH&S regulations pertaining to ATV operation
  •  risk management & due diligence
  • load and unload the ATV
  • load and secure loads on the ATV to balance weight.
  • do pre-trip and post-trip inspections
  • operate demonstrate safe ATVs riding skills
  •  basic mechanical checks
  •  identify hazards while driving .
  • tow a trailer if that is part of workplace requirements

RESOURCE ROAD LIGHT TRUCK DRIVERS TRAINING 

Prerequisites:  Must have a valid drivers license.

The course covers the safe operation of light trucks and SUVs, on public roads and more specifically on forestry roads. The main goal in this course is to help the driver be fully responsible by stressing the importance of staying focused, using proper operating skills, knowing your driving duties, and understanding resource road conditions as a driver.

During the workshop you will learn ;

  •  Characteristics of forestry roads,
  •  Vehicle dynamics, understanding of design elements and how they affect stability.
  •  driver skill development.

Students will be evaluated & tested on driving skills as well as a written exam.

The WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations require employees to receive training and demonstrate competency in operating mobile equipment. A Certificate of Completion will be issued upon successful completion of the training.

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