Language Skills Assessment


fire crew

Prompt and efficient communication between contractor crew personnel and incident personnel is mandatory for safe and effective performance. At a minimum, contractor's strike team leader, crew boss and all three squad bosses of every crew must be proficient in the English language.

In order to ensure language proficiency, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) contracted with Treasure Valley Community College to create and administer the Language Skills Assessment (LSA). Since the inception of the LSA in 2006, it is mandated by the wildland firefighting contract wherein all crew bosses, squad bosses and their respective trainees demonstrate good oral and written language skills.

The assessment is in two parts. The first is an oral assessment. The firefighter is asked questions verbally and must answer in either English or Spanish as requested. The second part is a written exam. The firefighter is given an Incident Action Plan (IAP) and must extract the answers to the questions from the plan. The results are then forwarded to their employers and Oregon Department of Forestry. TVCC offers several LSAs each spring and early summer.

Cost: $175 per person

For more information about the LSA, please contact (541)881-5755 or (541)881-5757.