Continuing Studies: Forestry


Contact Continuing Studies at 250.392.8010 or email to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.

Thompson Rivers University's Continuing Studies Department has many forestry courses for both the public and contract offerings. We offer a variety of courses that are designed for the job seeker or for general interest purposes. If you have an interest in a particular forestry area, but do not see it currently offered, please let us know at 250-392-8010.

Bear/Cougar Aware
Chainsaw Safety XOCH 0910
Fire Suppression, Basic S100/S185 - XFOR 0980

Bear/Cougar Aware

This workshop will explore the causes and circumstances that cause bear and cougar attacks and best approaches to avoid them. Proper use of bear spray repellents will be discussed along with bear behavior; bear avoidance; bear encounters, and encounter survival strategy. Additional topics covered are cougar identification, biology, habitat and behavior; cougar encounters; and encounter survival strategy.

Chainsaw Safety Training - ENFORM Certified • XOCH 0910

This 3-day ENFORM (formerly PITS) certified course is Level 1 - Chainsaw Basics. It covers instruction in personal and worksite safety; hazard assessment and control; chainsaw inspection and maintenance; chainsaw handling and operations; and safe limbing and bucking practices. There will be a written examination and an industry standard training certificate will be issued from ENFORM upon successful completion. Hard hats, reflective vests, safety glasses and chainsaws supplied.

Requirements: Suggested minimum age 16 years. All students are required to have appropriate clothing for work, steel toed boots and work gloves.

Students must be able to provide their own transportation to the practicum training site, which may be up to 1.5 hours traveling on dirt road.

Fire Suppression, Basic S100 / S185 • XFOR 0980

The S-100/S-185 Basic Fire Suppression and Safety course is comprised of the key learning objectives from the S-130 Fundamentals of Fire Fighting, S-190 Safety and Fire Behaviour, and S-232 Portable Pumps and Water Delivery Systems Courses. The S-100/S-185 course was developed in 1995 to meet the training requirements identified in the Forest Fire Prevention and Suppression Regulation. The Ministry of Forests, Wildfire Management Branch uses the S-100 course to train Emergency Fire Fighters. The forest industry uses the S-100 course to train their workers. Industry training is due to the WorkSafeBC regulation that requires anyone fighting fires to be trained. WorkSafe BC Regulation 26.19(2) requires that workers be trained annually to fight forest fires. This course includes the S-185 component.
This course includes: Introduction, Fire Behaviour, Fire Entrapment (S-185), Fire Suppression, Tools and Equipment, Fireline Safety, Water Delivery Systems, WHMIS, Practical Portion and Examination.

To be eligible to take the S-100A Annual Retraining course, a person must have successfully passed the full S-100 Basic Fire Suppression and Safety course, or successfully passed the S-130, S-190 and S-232 courses within the previous five year period. S-100 currency will be maintained by taking the annual S-100A refresher course each year. If an S-100A refresher course is taken on an annual basis, then the full S-100 course must be successfully completed every 5 (five) years.

You must demonstrate safe working skills, proper care and use of equipment and the ability to physically complete field exercises. Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation requiring a high level of fitness. It is not unusual for a fire fighter to have to carry 60 pounds up steep terrain. Please judge your level of fitness by this example. Wallet cards will be mailed to all successful participants.

16 years of age

Recommended Prerequisite:
First Aid Level 1

Please call 250.392.8010 to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.

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