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Course Description - S-590 Advanced Fire Behavior Interpretation
(IQCS course code: S590 - Session:00007)

March 10 - 21, 2014

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S-590 is currently offered every other year on the even years.
Course size limited to 50 students.

For the 2014 S-590 course, nominations are being accepted now with a target of no later than November 1, 2013. All Nominees are strongly encouraged to participate in a mentoring program which may include assignment with qualified FBANs and LTANs.

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Course Description
Through the use of lecture, demonstrations, and exercises, students will learn the job of the fire behavior analyst (FBAN) and long term fire analyst (LTAN).

S-590 Fire Behavior Interpretation

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Unit

Unit Description

Gained at Course

Brought to Course

Acquisition

Skills learned in prerequisite courses, reinforced with obtaining fire environment and fire behavior information and internet use. Organizational, Communication, & Computer Skills Computer Skills
Analysis Skills learned in prerequisite courses, develop support for decision making, and demonstrate in exercises

Organizational, Communication, & Computer Skills Analytical Skills & Computer Skills
Application Safety, Briefings, Forecasts, Decision Support,
Advanced Applications, reinforced with exercises
Organizational, Communication, & Computer Skills Intuitive, Operational Skills, & Computer Skills

Archival

Fire Behavior Documentation Package, Post Fire Applications, Fire Narratives

Organizational, Communication

Computer Skills

Objectives

  1. Describe the FBAN/LTAN responsibilities and interactions with managers, management teams, meteorologists, and others.
  2. Demonstrate skills in analyzing, interpreting, displaying, and communicating fire behavior information and its implications.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing appropriate wildland fire behavior predictive information.
  4. Apply fire behavior information in managing risk on wildland fires.
  5. Recognize the importance of and demonstrate the ability to prepare fire behavior documentation

Target Group
Individuals to be trained as a Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN) and or Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN) in wildland fire management operations. Nominees must identify which position(s) they are targeting on their nomination form.

Course Prerequisites
The prerequisites listed below are consistent with the direction from the current Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1.

All applicants must have completed S-490 Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations, and demonstrate proficiency in the use of BehavePlus and Windows operating system.

All nominees will need to successfully complete a pre-course test that requires proficiency in the skills taught in S-490. This is a 4 hour time limited test.

Students seeking qualification as a Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN) must be qualified as Division Group Supervisor (DIVS) under the Incident Command System.

Students seeking qualification as a Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN) must be qualified as a Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO) and a Firing Boss, Single Resource (FIRB) under the Incident Command System.

Success in S-590 will depend on the student's communication skills, both written and oral.
Additional skills could be obtained by;

Participants in the course will be evaluated in the areas of:

Computer Requirements

All participants attending S-590 will need to provide their own laptop, portable printer and data cable with the appropriate printer driver installed.

Students should be equipped with the hardware (laptop & printer), and software to function as an FBAN and or LTAN and be self-sufficient in the field or at the course.  A detailed listing of hardware and software needs will be included in the course selection letter.

Processors used at S-590 include:

Current software and versions are available at: http://www.firemodels.org

Students will also need a current WFDSS User Name and Password.

Mentoring Program
To assure an adequate supply of highly qualified Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN) and Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN) positions for future wildland fire incident management teams, the following steps are deemed necessary:
Geographic Area Coordinating Groups (GACG) take a nationally consistent and active role in the identification, prioritization and nomination of candidates.

GACG’s, Geographic Area Training Representatives (GATR), and Geographic Area Coordination Centers (GACCs) place mentee assignments as a priority to fully utilize the mentoring process.

Current Fire Behavior Analysts (FBAN) and Long-Term Fire Analysts (LTAN) take an active role in the mentoring of identified candidates.

Mentoring opportunities should provide candidates with meaningful experiences as Behave (BHAV), FARSITE (FARS), and FSPro (Proposed) Technical Specialists, and as FBAN and or LTAN trainees.

The National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute (NAFRI), GACGs, FBANs and LTANs are responsible for the following:

TASK

WHO

WHEN

1. Identify interested candidates with potential
to successfully complete S-590.
GACG Ongoing
2. Issue call letter to GACGs for potential S-590 candidates. NAFRI June 2012

3. Provide NAFRI with prioritized S-590 nominations by targeted positions (FBAN and/or LTAN).

GACG / GATRs May 2012 &
Ongoing

4. NAFRI notification to candidates of prerequisite qualification needs, with a cc to GACG’s & GATR’s.

NAFRI

5. Facilitate mentoring process by assigning candidates to appropriate FBANs and LTANs.

GACG

6. Provide meaningful assignments
and mentoring to candidates including periodic assessments.

GACCs FBAN/LTAN

Fire Season 2012 & 2013

7. Reconfirm prioritization of final candidates by position.

GACG

November 2013

8. Send Pre-Course Test and
notify GACG’s and candidates.

NAFRI

November 2013

9. Final selection of candidates
to attend S-590 course.

NAFRI

January 2014

10. Send Pre-Course Work
and notify GACG’s and candidates.

NAFRI

January 2014

11. Conduct S-590 course.

NAFRI

March 2014

Mentoring contacts by Geographic Area

GA

Agency

Name

email

AK

ST of  AK

Marsha Henderson

marsha.henderson@alaska.gov

CA

CALFire

Hugh Scanlon

hugh.scanlon@fire.ca.gov

GB

FS

Lisa Elenz

lelenz@fs.fed.us

NE

NPS

Al Stover

Alan_Stover@nps.gov

NR

FS

Risa Lange-Navaro

rlangenavarro@fs.fed.us

PNW

BLM

John Saltenberger

jsaltenb@blm.gov

RM

FS

Ross Wilmore

rwilmore@fs.fed.us

SE

NPS

Caroline Noble

Caroline_Noble@nps.gov

SW

FS

Marlena Hovorka

mariannehovorka@fs.fed.us

Important Dates
Nomination Due: No later than November 1, 2013
Pre-course Test Mailed: November 11, 2013
Pre-course Test Due: December 2, 2013
Notification of Selection: December 13, 2013

Nomination Process
Please see the NAFRI nomination process available at:
http://nafri.gov/pages/nominationprocess.htm.

Course Coordinator: Gary Luce phone: (520) 799-8753; fax (520) 799-8785, email: galuce@fs.fed.us

Course Location: NAFRI, Tucson, Arizona
Tuition: None