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Training Requirements:

It is important for all private contractors to understand that in addition to the necessary equipment standards to respond to emergencies, there are also training requirements for the private drivers who will be operating that piece of equipment as well.

Most state agencies, including Montana, North Dakota and Idaho, as well as the Forest Service, do not provide training to private contractors or individuals. Rather, that is the responsibility of the individual or the contractor to have met the necessary training requirements, generally through an NRCG certified trainer. There is a cost associated with this type of training, with a range based on the trainer.

Training that has been approved by the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group (NRCG) with members of contractors' associations, private contractors and educational institutions, otherwise known as private sector TRAINING PROVIDERS for Idaho, Montana and North Dakota which can be found on the link. Training providers offer the following services; Training, Work Capacity Testing, Position Task Book ceertification and issuance of Incident Qualifications Cards (Red Cards).

By reviewing the NWCG 310-1 manual at:
http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/docs/pms310-1.pdf, you can see what training requirements/courses are required by NWCG/NRCG to be out on the fire line. These training requirements are not flexible and are a requirement for ALL individuals that will be around the fire camp as well as the fire line. The training requirements and courses are dependant on the role and scope of the individuals job on the fire or emergency, however, as outlined by the NWCG 310-1 manual.

Summary of minimum qualifications for instructors and description of courses offered by NWCG, 124 pages.

Describes the Incident Command System (ICS) and Prescribed Fire positions with required training, physical fitness requirements, additional skills needed to perform the position, and job currency requirements.

Work Capacity Testing Requirements:

Wildland Firefighting demands a high level of fitness to safely perform arduous, day-long work in difficult environmental conditions. When prolonged hard work is involved, fitness is the most important factor in work capacity. Wildland firefighters, are required annually to pass a job-related Work Capacity test to meet minimum qualifications. There are three levels of work capacity testing: Arduous, Moderate and Light which apply to the position held on a wildfire. By reviewing the NWCG 310-1 manual at; http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/docs/pms310-1.pdf, you can see what level is required for wildland and prescribed fire positions (e.g. firefighter, engine boss, etc.) For technical specialist requirements (e.g. fallers, heavy equipment operators, water tender operators, etc.) please refer to; NRCG Chapter 20 of the Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook for this information.

For specific details on Work Capacity Testing please review; http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/safety/wct/wct_index.html

Work-Rest Guidelines:

The Work-rest Guidelines have not changed. The 2:1 work to rest ratio is still valid and will be followed. The guidelines state that for every two hours worked, one hour of rest will be provided to incident personnel. In addition, two days of rest and recuperation (R&R) are required after 14 working days.

However, flexibility to exceed the guidelines is allowed when warranted under specific circumstances. Narrow exemptions will be granted by agreement of the incident management personnel and the responsible agency administrator.

Work-Rest Guidelines apply to all federal wildland firefighting agencies, state personnel and cooperators.

Required Safety Equipment is dependant on the type of job and is provided by the contractor. Review NRCG Chapter 20 for this information.

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