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Training Information:

It is important for all private contractors to understand that in addition to the necessary equipment standards/requirements, there are also training requirements for operators/individuals.

In the Northern Rockies most State Agencies, Montana, North Dakota and Idaho, as well as the Federal Agencies, do not provide training to private contractors or individuals. It is the responsibility of the individual or contractor to meet the necessary training requirements, generally through an NRCG certified trainer. The training requirements are not flexible and are a requirement for ALL individuals that will be around fire camp as well as the fire line.

Private Sector certified TRAINING PROVIDERS approved by the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group (NRCG) for Idaho, Montana and North Dakota include members of contractors' associations, private contractors and educational institutions. Services offered include Training, Work Capacity Testing, Position Task Book certification and issuance of Incident Qualifications Cards (Red Cards). Contact the Provider for cost associated for training and certification.

Training and Qualification Requirements:

The individual’s role on the Incident determine requirements and courses required by NWCG/NRCG. Training requirements are not flexible and are a requirement for ALL individuals that will be around fire camp as well as the fire line.

Information for the following can be found here – Training Information
   PMS 310-1 - NWCG NIMS Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide
   PMS 901-1- NWCG Standards for Course Delivery
   ICS On-Line Training:
   I-100 Introduction to ICS
   I-200 Single Resource and Initial Action ICS
   IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIIMS)

Work Capacity Testing Requirements:

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. Reviewing the NWCG 310-1 manual 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.) refer to the Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook - Northern Rockies Supplement- Chapter 20.

For specific details on WCT review Work Capacity Test Information.

Work-Rest Guidelines:

Work-rest Guidelines state that for every two hours worked, one hour of rest will be provided to incident personnel - 2:1 work to rest ratio. In addition, two days of rest and recuperation (R&R) are required after 14 working days. 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.  Reference Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook (IIBMH) Ch 10 Work/Rest Guidelines –and- Length of Assignment.

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