Structure Protection Program Training

Structure protection program training and supplementary materials

The structure protection program provides additional support to the BC Wildfire Service by assisting with the training and deployment of local fire departments for additional personnel and resources to protect communities from wildfire.

Training courses

The WSPP-115 workshop is intended only for structure firefighters and is a revised version of the former S-115 structure protection workshop.

This workshop is a prerequisite for all structure firefighters to be deployed and participate on structure protection crews.

What’s covered

Installation and application of sprinklers on structures using wildfire pumps and hose and fire service hose and hydrants to stop the structure from catching fire when wildfire approaches. This technique creates a humidity bubble over the structure and dampens flammable materials within.Delivery

  • A pre-learning component is provided when the course is scheduled
  • 16 hours over two days
  • Combination of practical exercises and theory
  • Training is led by qualified BCWS instructors

Certificates of course attendance are issued to all participants who attend the workshop.

To apply

This course is currently being offered under COVID-19 restriction protocols.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:

This course is designed to train local trainers and instructors on how to teach the wildland firefighter level 1 training course. The WSPP-WFF-1 is a prerequisite for all structure firefighters to participate on structure protection crews that are activated and deployed provincially. It's designed for firefighters with structural firefighting experience to apply their skills to the special circumstances of wildland firefighting. The WSPP-WFF 1 course replaces the S-100 basic fire suppression and safety and S-185 fire entrapment avoidance courses for wildland firefighters. This is separate from the WSPP-115 course for firefighters to participate on structure protection and deployment crews.

What's covered

  • How to deliver WSPP-WFF 1 training in four two-hour blocks
  • Practical use of each department's own wildland firefighting equipment
  • All materials including student manuals and written exams for participants to document completion of training


  • 16 hours over two days

Certificates of course attendance to qualified trainers are issued.

To apply

 This course is currently being offered under COVID-19 restriction protocols.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:

  • Phone: 250-318-7295


Supplementary materials

Engine boss course materials

The engine boss position operates within the structure protection/defence program in a wildland-urban interface event. They lead a single fire engine and they're responsible for the safety of the engine and crew as part of the provincial fire department deployments.