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Course Description - S-620 Area Command

2015 Course Date: TBD

Target Group

Those persons in wildland fire agencies who will be available to participate on a national interagency Area Command team as an Area Commander, Assistant Area Commander Logistics, Assistant Area Commander Planning on Area Command Aviation Coordinator.


Individuals must be qualified at the Type 1 level and have successfully completed S-520, except for the Area Command Aviation Coordinator who must complete the Position Task Book prior to attending. Nominations must be submitted with a narrative statement giving a background of the person nominated. Include a description of the intended use of the skills developed as a result of attendance at S-620.


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

Course Description

Using classroom lecture and simulated incident, the student will understand principles and concepts of Area Command, and understand the interaction of Area Command and other incident organizations, agencies, and political entities.

Important Dates

Nomination Due Date: TBD
Selection Date:TBD

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