ABOUT FIRST AID TRAINING
First aid certification is not a prerequisite however for a 5 person crew one must have a valid first aid certification. Accepted first aid training is an asset. See details below.
ACCEPTED FIRST AID
- OFA Level 1 & Transportation endorsement (both are required ) or Work Safe equivalent
- OFA Level 3 or Work Safe equivalent
No other certifications will qualify under the BC Wildfire Service contract. Please see links below for Work Safe equivalencies.
- Work Safe BC equivalent for OFA level 1 -https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/create-manage/first-aid-requirements/certificates-accepted-in-bc
- Work Safe BC equivalencies for Transportation Endorsement –
- Work Save OFA level 3 equivalencies –
LOCAL APPLICANTS: FIRST AID WITH SELKIRK COLLEGE. Reminder OFA 1 & OFA TE are needed to qualify for accepted first aid.
- Occupational First Aid Level 1 ( OFA 1) –
- Transportation Endorsement ( OFA TE) – https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/create-manage/first-aid-requirements/certificates-accepted-in-bc
- Occupational First Aid Level 3 ( OFA 3) –
Other links for first aid in different locations
This UNBC Course is taught around the Province of BC. It is organized and instructed by the UNBC. The DTA Wildfire Module is 2 days in length, involving a mix of classroom and field exercises, which would include qualifying exams.
During the workshops you will learn to:
- Understand the use of wildlife trees and their role in forested ecosystems
- Identify high-value wildlife tree characteristics
- Describe site assessment factors
- Inspect and identify dangerous tree defects
- Determine levels of disturbance for various work activities
- Make appropriate safety decisions
- Perform detailed tree assessments and related measurements
- Inspect rooting systems
- Collect data on FS 502A field forms
In order to pass, a grade of 85% is required on the field component of the exam. There is no minimum requirement for the written exam, however, a combined grade of 75% is required to pass any of the Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor courses.
The following pre-qualification standards are required of anyone taking the Wildlife/Danger Tree Assessor’s Course for the first time:
- Experience working in the fields of forestry operations, habitat biology, parks management, arboriculture, transportation safety management, occupational health and safety, or wildland fire
- Grade 10 equivalency skills (reading, writing, basic arithmetic)
- ability to calculate percentages
- knowledge of native tree species identification
Crew boss training consists of 4 separate courses; Instructor Doug Harrison
- S-230 Crew Boss
- S-235 Burning Off and Backfiring
- S-212 Fire Communications
- Incident Command Systems (ICS) 100
Once participants have successfully passed all 4 courses they require extensive fire line experience to become an Apex Crew boss. Apex assigns crew boss trainees to an experienced Crew boss to work in a mentorship program until fully qualified.
This 2 day Chainsaw Course is instructed By Doug Harrison
During the course you will learn:
- The work environment / surroundings
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Parts & Maintenance of the chainsaw
- Safe work procedures & safe cutting techniques
- Legislation, Regulations, & Standards
Day 1: classroom session: Review of relevant OH&S Regulations; and hands-on work covering essential saw maintenance, correct chain filing procedures and safe cutting techniques.
Day 2: Field work: including review, identification of bucking hazards, discussion of binds and practice with cuts;
There will be a written exam as well as a final field examination .
SAFE ATV OPERATION
The Course is 1 day in length, involving classroom time, field exercises, and a qualifying evaluation of skills.
ATV Operator training is required under the WorkSafeBC OH&S regulations. This course is designed to teach you to safely , how to properly ride , carrying loads, and operating in remote locations.
This certificate is valid for three years, pending a valid drivers license.
During the workshops you will learn:
- list protective clothing and gear for operating an ATV
- understand WorkSafeBC OH&S regulations pertaining to ATV operation
- risk management & due diligence
- load and unload the ATV
- load and secure loads on the ATV to balance weight.
- do pre-trip and post-trip inspections
- operate demonstrate safe ATVs riding skills
- basic mechanical checks
- identify hazards while driving .
- tow a trailer if that is part of workplace requirements
RESOURCE ROAD LIGHT TRUCK DRIVERS TRAINING
Prerequisites: Must have a valid drivers license.
The course covers the safe operation of light trucks and SUVs, on public roads and more specifically on forestry roads. The main goal in this course is to help the driver be fully responsible by stressing the importance of staying focused , using proper operating skills, knowing your driving duties, and understanding resource road conditions as a driver.
During the workshop you will learn ;
- Characteristics of forestry roads,
- Vehicle dynamics, understanding of design elements and how they affect stability.
- driver skill development.
Students will be evaluated & tested on driving skills as well as a written exam.
The WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations require employees receive training and demonstrate competency in operating mobile equipment. A Certificate of Completion will be issued upon successful completion of the training.