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Course Description - S-520 Advanced Incident Management

Course Date: February 23 - March 1, 2014

Target Group

Any person available to fill a national level interagency Type 1 Incident Management Team position as an Incident Commander, Planning Section Chief, Operations Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, Finance Section Chief, Safety Officer, or Information Officer, or any person to become certified in one of these positions at the Type 1 complexity level.


Individuals must be functionally certified and qualified at the Type 2 level for the position they will be filling at the course. Nominations must be submitted with a current fire qualifications record and with a narrative statement giving a brief background of the person nominated. Include a description of the intended use of the skills developed as a result of attending S-520. Previous attendance at S-420 is recommended.


Given a simulated complex fire situation, students will effectively perform functional and team responsibilities. Individual performance must meet established criteria for successful completion of the course.

Course Description

Using classroom lecture and simulated incidents the student will understand the role and function of a Type 1 Incident Management Team, the applicability of management principles to the incident management job, and the special considerations of incident management within geographic areas of the nation.

Early Nomination Rationale

Early nomination has been requested to give those nominated the necessary mentoring and UNIT-I assignments for the course.

Important Dates

Nomination Due Date: October 11, 2013
Selection Date: November 15, 2013

Nomination Process

Submit all nominations to the Geographic Area Coordination Groups who will make priority assignments on an interagency basis, and they will send the nominations to NAFRI for selection and notification.

Contact: Bill Miller
National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute
3265 E. Universal Way, Tucson, AZ. 85756
(520) 799-8752, FAX: (520) 799-8785, bdmiller@fs.fed.us

For additional information, please visit:

www.nationalfiretraining.net and www.myfirecommunity.net where the following will have the current:

- Nominations Received
- Selected Candidates
- Unit-I Materials
- Course Info Packet