Incident Management

S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

This course provides instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. S-190 is typically taught in conjunction with or prior to Basic Fire Fighter Training, S-130. It is designed to meet the fire behavior training needs of a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) on an incident as outlined in the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide and the position task book developed for the position.

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S-200: Initial Attack Incident Commander

This course is designed to meet the training needs of the Incident Commander Type 4. The six units cover: foundation skills, intelligence gathering and documentation, size-up, developing a plan of action, post-fire activities, evaluating incident objectives, and managing the incident. Evaluation of the student is by unit tests and performance-based evaluations.

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S-203: Introduction to Incident Information

Receive the skills and knowledge needed to serve as a public information officer. Topics include establishing/maintaining an incident information operation, communicating with internal/external audiences, working with the media, handling special situations, and long-term planning/strategy.

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S-212: Wildland Fire Chainsaws

This course introduces the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Field exercises support entry-level training for fire fighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to Fireline situations.

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S-215: Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface

Designed to assist structure and wildland fire fighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface.

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S-230: Crew Boss Single Resource

Training for the single resource boss position from initial dispatch through demobilization to the home unit. Topics include operational leadership, preparation and mobilization, assignment preparation, risk management, entrapment avoidance, safety and tactics, offline duties, demobilization, and post incident responsibilities.

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S-231: Engine Boss

Designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of the duties associated with ENGB. Topics include engine and crew capabilities and limitations, information sources, fire size-up considerations, tactics, and wildland/urban interface.

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S-244: Field Observer

This course provides the student with the skills necessary to perform as a field observer (FOBS) and/or a fire effects monitor (FEMO). Topics include roles and responsibilities of the FOBS and FEMO; how to make observations and document those observations; how to produce hand drawn and GPS field maps; and how to navigate using a compass and GPS. The navigation unit has 4½ hours of field exercises and the final field exercise is 8 hours.

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S-245: Display Processor

This course provides students with the skills necessary to perform as a Display Processor (DPRO). Topics include general roles and responsibilities and how to assist the situation unit leader with producing incident maps, inputs for the Incident Status Summary (ICS-209) and other incident products. The final exam is 3 hours.

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S-270: Basic Air Operations

This course covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas. Note: the regulations, procedures, and policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency and ICS operations. State, county, or other political subdivisions using this course will need to consult their agency having jurisdiction with respect to regulations, procedures, and policies.

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S-290: Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior

This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective fireline supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. It is the second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills. Fire environment differences are discussed as necessary; instructor should stress local conditions.

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S-330: Task Force/Strike Team Leader

Designed to meet the training requirements outlined in the Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide and the Position Task Books (PTB) developed for the positions of Task Force Leader and Strike Team Leader and specific to wildland fire suppression. If students are expected to perform in some other risk area, exercises and examples appropriate to the expected risk should be added.

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S-404: Safety Officer – All Risk

Designed to meet the training needs of the Safety Officer position in the incident command system. Topics include safety officer effectiveness, analysis techniques, safety messages, briefings and reports, and high hazard operations.

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