S-100 Course Outline
Following are descriptions of the modules that will be covered during this 40-hour course. The S-100 Forest Fire Fighter Training meets the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) standards and is delivered by knowledgeable and respected professionals who have been accredited by the OMNR.
Successful completion of the S-100 Training course does not guarantee employment. However, without this training you cannot be considered for this type of work in Ontario.

ORIENTATION Describes the importance of Chain of Command and Span of Control, Fireline Organizations.
Identifies various training requirements.
General Overview of what the job is all about including personal hygiene and WDHP (Workplace Discrimination and Harrassment Policies)
PERSONAL SAFETY ON THE FIRELINE This module looks at guidelines which will enhance personal safety while working in an environment that is scattered with hazards
FIRE BEHAVIOUR This module looks at a number of fire behaviour terms including; types of forest fires, phases of combustion, fire intensity, methods of heat transfer, parts of a fire and the methods of attacking forest fires.
In addition, the integration of weather, topography and fuel will be examined so that students can understand the relationship between these factors and fire behaviour
CONSTRUCT FIRELINE WITH HANDTOOLS This module looks at the various handtools commonly used in forest fire suppression including safe and proper usage and retrieval. This leads to the indirect method of fire control, mop-up and the construction of control lines using handtools.
SET-UP, START AND RETRIEVAL OF A POWER PUMP This module will show the student how to properly set-up, operate and retrieve a power pump efficiently. The student will also gain experience in some of the more modern technology commonly used in conjunction with the power pump (e.g. fire foam units)
HOSE LAY AND HOSE RETRIEVAL This module will cover proper hose laying, handling and retrieval techniques. Students will get involved in the four and three person nozzle crew operation, hose packing and safe use of the hose strangler. Students will also have the opportunity to apply fire foam to a forest setting, ultimately allowing them to understand the value of this new technology in forest fire fighting.
NOZZLE OPERATION AND WATER APPLICATION This module will introduce the student to the "Cycle of Water Effectiveness" and the various methods of water application. Students will use their skills learned in the previous two modules and complete a forward and return pass on a fireline.
ASSIST A BULLDOZER IN FIRELINE CONSTRUCTION This module describes the role of a fire crew when assisting in fireline construction with a bulldozer. This includes line touch-up, burnout, line holding, patrol and finally extinguishing the fire line.
MOPPING - UP This module focuses on the techniques used to extinguish wildfires including the proper use of handtools in conjunction with sight, smell and touch. Students will also be able to identify areas that will require special attention and extensive mop-up.
FIRELINE PATROL AND OBSERVATION This module will teach the students the importance of having excellent observation skills. Topics to be discussed include fire safe areas, escape routes, hazardous situations and personnel hazards.
HELICOPTER OPERATIONS This module will familiarize the student with helicopter operations, including hazard awareness and safety procedures that must be adhered to for personal safety. Helipad construction, proper loading and unloading procedures and slinging are also important components of this module.
FIXED WING AIRCRAFT SAFETY AND WATERBOMBING This module will introduce the student to safety procedures when working around fixed wing aircraft as well as the safety of ground crews during water bombing operations
HANDHELD BURNOUT OPERATIONS This module explains the purpose of burnout operations during extreme wildfire conditions. Handheld ignition devices will be shown, ignition patterns will be demonstrated and associated safety procedures will be discussed.
SAFETY AROUND CHAINSAW OPERATIONS This module introduces the student to the basic parts of a chain saw. Proper chain saw handling techniques will be described as well as safety procedures when working around a chain saw operator. NOTE: INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT HAVE A CHAIN SAW CERTIFICATE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE A CHAIN SAW WHEN WORKING FOR OMNR.
RADIO OPERATIONS This module introduces the student to the use of handheld radios. Proper radio communication techniques are also emphasized.
SET-UP, USE AND RETRIEVAL OF COOKING, LIGHTING AND HEATING DEVICES This module covers the dangers of liquid and propane fuel and proper handling and storage techniques of fuel. Students will be shown and asked to properly check, set-up, use and retrieve each device.
TENT SET-UP The students will be shown the necessary steps to ensure safe and proper set-up of a prospector tent.
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