Continuing Studies: Forestry


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Thompson Rivers University's Continuing Studies Department has many forestry courses for both the public and contract offerings. From Fire Suppression (Seasonal) to Log Scaling, 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.

If you are interested in any of the following courses, please call 250-392-8010 to register:

ATV Safety Training - XOCH 0940
Bear/Cougar Aware
Chainsaw Safety- XOCH 0910
Fire Suppression, Basic S100/S185 - XFOR 0980
Fire Suppression Recertification S100A - XFOR 0990

ATV Safety Training • XOCH 0940

The ATV Safety course is a hands-on course, with particular emphasis on the safety implications relating to each lesson. The curriculum will cover protective gear, environmental concerns, local laws and safety techniques.

Students will be required to provide the following equipment:
• ATV (in good working condition. ATVs must be safety approved, no lift kits, no carrying boxes, etc. if in doubt, please contact Continuing Studies at 250.390.8010
• CSA approved helmet
• Gloves
• Long sleeved shirt
• Full length shirt
• Full length pants
• Boots (work or hiking, no runners)
• Lunch/snacks

Prerequisites: Must be 16 years of age and older. Certification is through the Canada Safety Council

Please contact 250.392.8010 or email to have your name added to our interest list.

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 behaviour; bear avoidance; bear encounters, and encounter survival strategy. Additional topics covered are cougar identification, biology, habitat and behaviour; cougar encounters; and encounter survival strategy.

Please contact 250.392.8010 or email to have your name added to our interest list.

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.

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

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.

Fire Suppression Recertification S100A • XFOR 0990

This course arises from WCB Occupational Health and Safety Regulation section 26.19. The regulation states, in part "workers required to fight forest fires must be re-trained annually." Classroom (1/2 Day) will include:

  • Review of Fundamentals of Fire Fighting
  • Review of Fireline Safety
  • Review of - FS232, Pumps and pumping Systems
  • A brief review of WHMIS
  • A written exam, 70% required to pass

Prerequisite: Previous completion of the Basic Fire Suppression S-100 course and proof of certification with in the last 5 years will be required.

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


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