To view a the 2021 course schedule, click [Course Schedule]

The following NWCG curriculum courses are facilitated by Three Sisters Wildfire Contractors Association (TSWCA) and will be held in Sisters, Oregon unless otherwise stated. All fire classes conducted by TSWCA meet or exceed NWCG standards for course presentation, content and Instructor qualifications. Upon successful course completion, students will receive nationally recognized Certificates of Completion from  TSWCA.  Click here to download the [2021 Class Schedule]

The Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group (PNWCG) has entered into memorandums of understanding (MOU’s) with representatives of two groups of training providers.  The groups are Firefighter Contractor Associations (FCA’s) and Public education training providers (Colleges, University’s, etc.). TSWCA has possessed a valid MOU for over 2 decades and successfully trained thousand’s of fire personnel during this tenure.  To view valid associations and public education providers click [Valid MOU’s]     

2021 Wildland Fire Course Descriptions


Fire Shelter only training is no longer accepted by the Agencies for VIPR/I-BPA & EERA vendors. Incident Support Personnel are now required to take the FULL RT-130 Annual Refresher class of which this training is included.  We currently have scheduled FOUR (4) RT-130 classes in Sisters, Oregon.   With advanced notice, TSWCA can also provide refresher training at your location [min. 5 students].  Call 541-815-2030 to schedule a class or register for one of our RT-130 classes.

L-280 Followership to Leadership:   [Course Description] [Register]
Training Date(s):  None Scheduled at this time.
COST:  $175 per person
This course is designed as a self-assessment opportunity for individuals preparing to step into a leadership role.  The course combines one day of classroom instruction followed by a second day in the field with students working through a series of problems solving events in small teams (Field Leadership Assessment Course)  Topics includeleadership values and principles, transition challenges for new leaders, situational leadership, team cohesion factors, ethical decision-making and after action review topics.   

S-130/S-190/L-180  [Course Description S-130 ] [S-190] [Register]

Training Date(s): May 19-22, 2020 [Sisters, OR], June 23-26, 2020 [Sisters, OR]

Cost:  $250 per person
Course includes NWCG S-130 Firefighter Training, S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, and L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline. Successful completion is required prior to certification as an entry-level Firefighter (FFT2) under the Wildland Fire Qualification System (310-1).
40hrs. Classroom & Field

RT-130: Annual Refresher Course   [Course Description] [Register]
Training Date(s):  MAR 28, 2020 [Sisters, OR]  APR 18, 2020 [Sisters, OR], MAY 8, 2020 [Sisters, OR], JUN 13, 2020 [Sisters, OR] 

COST:  $75 per person
Refresh skills in applying the risk management process and rules of engagement to recognize and mitigate hazards in their work environment.  Updates on current issues and fire shelter deployment practice. Minimum annual required training for all personnel working on Fire incidents. 6-8hrs. Classroom

S-131:  Advanced Fire Fighter Training   [Course Description] [Register ]
Training Date(s):  None Scheduled at this time.
Cost:  $175 per person
Additional instruction required for the Advanced Firefighter/Squad Boss (FFT1) level including training on tactics and safety. This course is designed to be interactive containing several exercises designed to facilitate group discussion. Updated curriculum now includes S-133 “Look Up, Look Down, Look Around” fire environment factors.

Prerequisite: FFT2 Qualified plus 1 year of actual field (Fireline) experience

S-211: Portable Pumps and Water Use   [Course Description] [Register ]

Training Date(s): None Scheduled at this time.
COST: $240
per person
Portable Pumps and Water Use, S-211, is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course consists of three skill areas: supply, delivery, and application of water. Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of correct water use, basic hydraulics, and equipment care. The field exercise requires set up, operation, and maintenance of pump equipment. To receive credit for this course, students must have field work observed and approved, and take a closed book written final examination.

Prerequisite:  None   Suggested: 1 year of actual field (Fireline) experience

S-212: Wildfire Power Saws [Course Description] [Register ]

Training Date(s):  June 10-12, 2020  [Sisters, OR] – Includes field evaluation following completion of classroom portion of training.
COST: $250 per person
Wildland Fire Chain Saws, S-212, is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level.  The course lessons provide introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical Wildland Fire application.  Field exercises support entry level training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations. 24hrs. Classroom & Field

Chainsaw, Gloves, Boots, Hard Hat, Safety Goggles and Chaps shall be furnished by student

Prerequisite:  Qualified FFT2, current certification in Basic First Aid and CPR.

S-215: Fire Operations in the Wildland-Urban Interface [Course Description] [Register ]

Training Date(s):  June 17-19, 2020 [Sisters, OR]

COST: $250 per person

This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. Instructional units include firefighter safety in the urban interface, managing human factors in the urban interface, pre-incident planning, size-up and initial strategy, structure triage, structure protection overview, tactics in the urban interface, tactical operations and resource use in the urban interface, action assessment, plan update, and after action review. 24hrs. Classroom

Prerequisite: FFT1 Qualified (Recommended as additional skills for all SRB’s)

S-230: Crew Boss (Single Resource) [Course Description] [Register ]

Training Date(s):  May 26-28, 2020 [EUGENE, OR]

COST: $250 per person

This is a classroom course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of duties associated with the single resource boss position from initial dispatch through demobilization to the home unit.  Topics include:  operational leadership, preparation and mobilization, assignment preparation, risk management, entrapment avoidance, safety and tactics, offline duties, demobilization, and post incident responsibilities. 

Prerequisite:  Qualified FFT1, successful completion of S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire

S-270: Basic Air Operations [Course Description] [Register]

Training Date(s): None Scheduled at this time.

COST: $200 per person

This course covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas.  Note: The regulations, procedures and policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency and ICS operations.  State, county, or other political subdivisions using this course will need to consult their agency having jurisdiction with respect to regulations, procedures and policies. 

Prerequisite:  None.   Suggested: 1 year of actual field experience

S-290: Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior [Course Description] [Register ]

Training Date(s):  May 19-22, 2020 [Eugene, OR]

COST: $250 per person

This is a classroom-based course designed to prepare the prospective supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations.  It is the second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills.

Prerequisite:  S-190:  Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

S-330: Task Force/Strike Team Leader [Register ]

Training Date(s):  Non Scheduled at this time.

COST: $250 per person

This course is designed to meet the training requirements outlined in the Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide and the Position Task Books [PTB] developed for the positions of Task Force Leader and Strike Team Leader.

Prerequisite:  Qualifed as ANY Single Resource Boss – Student shall bring their IRPG’s and Fireline Handbook to class.