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FIRETC-110 - Wildland Fire Behavior - Darin Hebert

Course:Wildland Fire Behavior
Professor:Darin Hebert
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


The fire service is a professional organization steep in traditions such as personal pride, honesty and integrity.  It has very little tolerance for anyone not striving for the same excellence.  Each chapter will have various amounts of learning objectives that will help the student absorb information that normally would be lost. 

Course Description

All fire officers and firefighters need an accurate knowledge of wildland terminology.  However, the most important reason for knowing this terminology is safety.  There are too many instances of fatalities that have occurred because fire officers or firefighters didn’t recognize the conditions that cause injuries or death. 

The study of fire technology is multifaceted. It involves the study of the complete fire protection system, including fire department resources, private resources and systems, chemistry and physics of fire, safety, fire department management, emergency management, the legal environment, prevention and fire behavior.

This class will introduce the student to the concepts of the systems approach to wildland fire behavior by presenting the components of modern fire department responsibility, including safety, weather, topography, fire line construction, fire prevention, the ICS system, and more.

The author of "Firefighter’s Handbook on Wildland Firefighting", the book we use in this class, has written it from a fire fighter's view point.  He discusses in detail the many obvious and not so obvious dangers inherent in fighting wildland fires.  Throughout this text, safety and professionalism are stressed.

This class will review the entire book. Wildland Fire Behavior is not an easy course, where that you just read the material and know everything there is to know about the course.  You will need to get out of the house, stretch your legs and go to a Fire Station, talk to a station officer, or firefighters.

What to Expect in this Course

The Final Project will consist of an individual comprehensive report on an incident of your choice, ie: Any large-scale incident that occurred any time during the past few years. It shall be a typewritten report, using at least a 12pt font, utilizing Times New Roman or Arial.  The project shall have a separate title page, a minimum of three to five pages of typewritten material, and a separate bibliography/reference page at the end of the report. The project will be graded on subject matter, grammar, spelling, and originality.  There is absolutely no allowance for plagiarism, or cutting and pasting of Internet material. This shall be a college level report, "typed", and if needed email me and I will explain more.  Once completed, please email me a copy of the Final Presentation as an attachment to: or attach your Final Project on the Assignments page in the Final Project file.

Types of Assessments

Online exams, quizzes, online discussion boards and a written project.

Textbook Information

Firefighter’s Handbook on Wildland Firefighting, 4th Edition 2018, Oklahoma State University,

Author William C. Teie, ISBN #978-0-87939-676-31

College of the Canyons Book Store

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Last updated: 12/05/2021 Sub#: 1176