Minnesota Combined Training Calendar

Course: L-180: Human Factors on the Fireline / S-130: Firefighter Training / S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

Dates: FULL

Location: DOT Office in St. Cloud. 3725 12th Street North St. Cloud, MN 56303

Sponsor: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Course Description:

L-180: The primary content of the L-180 course is delivered by video and supported with small group exercises. Topics include: situation awareness, basic communication responsibilities, attitude and stress barriers, decision-making process, and teamwork principles.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of their responsibilities to address human performance issues so they can integrate more effectively into crews/teams operating in highrisk, dynamic work environments.

S-130: This course is designed to provide entry level firefighters skills. Many of the units are set up so they can be taught in either the classroom or the field; field time is encouraged. A version of L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline, has been included as part of this course.


  • Explain what the LCES (Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones) system is and how it relates to the Standard Firefighting Orders.
  • Construct fireline to required standards using various methods.
  • Strengthen, reinforce, and use holding actions on a fireline.
  • Extinguish the fire with or without the use of water.
  • Complete assigned tasks in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Given an assignment in a wildfire environment, describe factors in that environment which could impact safety.

S-190: This course provides instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. S-190 is typically taught in conjunction with or prior to Basic Firefighter Training, S-130. It is designed to meet the fire behavior training needs of a firefighter type 2 (FFT2) on an incident.


  • Identify and discuss the three sides of the fire triangle.
  • Identify the environmental factors of fuels, weather and topography that affect the start and spread of wildland fire.
  • Describe the contributing factors that indicate the potential for increased fire behavior that may compromise safety.

Target Audience:

L-180: Entry Level Personnel
S-130: Entry-level firefighters
S-190: Entry level firefighters

Course Prerequisites:

L-180: None
S-130: None
S-190: None

Course Pre-work:

L-180: None
S-130: It is highly recommended that students complete two on line courses BEFORE coming to class: IS-100 ICS Overview online and IS-700 NIMS Overview online
S-190: None

Class Size: 30

Tuition: none

Nominations Due: 2014-02-21

Remarks: Central Region North????????s S-130/190. It will be at St. Cloud at the DOT Office in St. Cloud. 3725 12th Street North St. Cloud, MN and the field day at Quarry Park in Waite Park

Send nominations via your agency training representative to:
Jason Kern
DNR Forestry
16543 Haven Rd.
Little Falls MN, 56345
320-616-2450, ext. 230 (Office)