This online safety refresher course is designed for those people who currently possess a valid, S-100 Fire Fighting Certificate OR a valid S-100a / 10a Annual Refresher Card. Some folks may be more familiar with calling this the 10a refresher course. It is the same course.
This course is directed toward the W.C.B. (WorkSafe B.C.) regulation – Occupational Health and Safety, (OHSR) Part 26, Section 26.19. This section requires anyone wishing to be employed on the fire line must have proper training to an acceptable standard. The standard that has been set is the Ministry of Forest’s two day, S-100 Basic Fire Suppression Course. An annual review (S-100A) of the safety features of the S-100 course is also required by WorkSafeBC. OHSR s. 26.3.1 (1) requires that workers in a forestry operation who fight a forest fire must be trained. “Any untrained (to the acceptable standard) forest worker deciding, or ordered, to stay and engage a fire would place the employer in non-compliance.”
The S-100a safety refresher course does NOT cover actual fire fighting procedures or tactics. The S-100a course is designed as a review of safety issues within the S-100 Course. We have also added other safety issues which are not in the S-100 but we feel are important. (i.e. rattlesnakes, hantavirus, and some vehicle safety). We make every attempt to keep all information as current as possible. Please note our comments which address the safety concerns of firefighting in stands of trees killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle. It should also be noted that it is the responsibility of the worker, in cooperation with their employer, to be briefed on the specific company’s fire equipment and internal safety policies and procedures.
A common Question we receive – “How many of our crew are required to have the S-100 training?” We have checked into this and the answer from WorkSafeBC (W.C.B.) is 100% of your ground crew who may be working in the forest MUST have taken and passed the complete, two day S-100 course, if, at any time they may be involved in a firefighting situation. The S-100A or 10a, as some refer to it as is the required annual safety refresher course for the S-100.
S100A: UNIT 1 – BASIC FIRE BEHAVIOUR
S100A: UNIT 2 – PERSONNEL
S100A: UNIT 3 – FIRE LINE SAFETY
S100A: UNIT 4 – AIRCRAFT & HEAVY EQUIPMENT
S100A: UNIT 5 – PUMPS / FUEL HANDLING / FOAM SAFETY / W.H.M.I.S.
S100A: UNIT 6 – OTHER SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS
S100A: UNIT 7 – OTHER FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT