Course Updates

Course Updates are designed to inform course coordinators and instructors of new or changing information related to the NWCG curriculum.

These updates will fall into two categories. The first is a General Course Update which will apply to multiple courses or a large segment of the NWCG curriculum such as the removal of a reference document from the Products Management System (PMS). The second is a course specific update that only applies to specific elements of a course such as the instructor guide or the final exam.

All course updates are intended to enhance student learning and keep the content of the NWCG courses current. Course update information will be incorporated into the curriculum as courses are revised if it is still applicable.

D - Dispatch Courses

D-110 | Expanded Dispatch Recorder
Update Information:

The Expanded Dispatch Job Aid (PMS 312, NFES 2400) referenced in Appendix A, Unit 0, Unit 1 and Unit 2 has been removed from the Publications Management System. It is now located and maintained on the National Interagency Communications Center web site at http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/logistics/references/Dispatch_Job_Aid.pdf

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D-310 | Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher
Update Information:

The Mobile Food Services contract and the Mobile Shower Facilities contract referred to in the pre-selection assessment and Unit 6 – Equipment are not available for download. Course coordinators or lead instructors should email fsaqmisb@fs.fed.us to obtain a copy of the contracts and send them to students with their acceptance letter. Please account for a reasonable amount of time for an email response.

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D-311 | Initial Attack Dispatcher
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All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

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D-312 | Aircraft Dispatcher
Update Information:

Additional information has been added to scenario #4 in the D-312 pre-course work. The pre-course work available for download from http://onlinetraining.nwcg.gov has been updated. This will not have an effect on the answer key found on the course materials CD.

A-111 Flight Payment Documents has been removed as a requirement for completing the D-312 pre-course work. It is highly recommended that students complete agency specific training regarding flight payment documents. (DOI – Aviation Management System (AMS), USFS – Aviation Business System (ABS)).

Question #5 in the D-312 pre-course work has been updated as follow:

  1. Submit your A109-Aviation Radio Use course certificate with your pre-course work. This course is required as part of the pre-course work for D-312, Aircraft Dispatcher.

The information contained in the D-312 Instructors Guide (NFES 1587) and on the D-312 Course Materials CD (NFES 1588) have not been updated with the above information. When hosting/instructing this course use the information found on NWCG.gov on the D-312 pre-course work page.

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General Course Updates

General | General Course Update
Update Information:

(9/2014) Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) Optional Training Materials Optional training materials have been developed to enhance student understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance a course should be familiar with the lesson and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

(3/2014) Discontinuation of the Aircraft Identification Guide (NFES 2393) The Aircraft Identification Guide (NFES 2393) referenced in several NWCG course has been discontinued. If you are teaching a course that refers to the guide please refer students to the online Aircraft Identification Library located here https://www.iat.gov/docs/aircraft_library/index.asp

(7/2013) Radio Use For Training Events NIFC- National Interagency Incident Communications Division (NIICD) has seen an increase in problems related to improper/unauthorized/uncoordinated use of radio equipment and frequencies for training events. The problems are not just lack of coordination for equipment and frequencies issued from the NIICD, but also for local agency-issued assets and frequencies. All radio equipment and radio frequency use for courses (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC- NIICD, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

(6/2013) Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide The discontinuation of the Fireline Handbook (PMS 410-1) and Publication of the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210) has affected the reference material used for several NWCG courses. In addition to some references being changed there has also been a change to several exercises, quizzes, and test questions. To assist in identifying correct reference materials the NWCG Training Branch created a spreadsheet highlighting changes and directing instructors on where to find referenced information. In addition to the spreadsheet check the course updates page prior to instructing a course to ensure the most up-to-date information is being used.

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J - Job Aids

J-259 | Security Manager Job Aid
Update Information:

On page 6, paragraph 2 the statement that says “It is a requirement of this position to have prior or current law enforcement certification” is incorrect. As per the PMS 310-1, there is no required experience for the Security Manager position.

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J-342 | Documentation Unit Leader
Update Information:

 The Incident Management Records webpage previously found on the NIFC.gov website has been redirected to the NWCG.gov website at http://www.nwcg.gov/records-management.

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L - Leadership Courses

L-280 | Leadership to Followership
Update Information:

The PowerPoints on the Course Materials CD (NFES 2992) do not contain the video files you will need to present this course. The associated DVD (NFES 2993) containing the video files will also need to be ordered for the course. Instructors will have to switch back and forth between the CD and DVD to run the videos. Refer to NWCG National Fire Equipment System Catalog Part 2: Publications at http://www.nwcg.gov/publications for additional ordering information.

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion

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L-380  | Fireline Leadership
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All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

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L-381 | Incident Leadership
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All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

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P - Prevention

P-101 | Fire Prevention Education 1
Update Information:

The video "An Ounce of Prevention" on DVD 1, Movie 2 used in Unit 1F (page 1F-9) has been updated. The video "An Ounce of Prevention" on the Course DVD should no longer be used. The new video is available over the NIFC YouTube channel. It is available here: tinyurl.com/NFPETvideo

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P-301 | Fire Prevention Education 2
Update Information:

The Fire Effects Guide found as a reference on page 6 of the pre-course work and in the Instructor Guide bibliography on page 6D.14, is no longer available through the PMS to order as a printed publication. The publication is available for download at http://www.nwcg.gov/publications.

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P-310 | Fire Prevention Education Team Member
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The video "An Ounce of Prevention" on the P-310 DVD (NFES-002879) has been updated. The video "An Ounce of Prevention" on the Course DVD should no longer be used. The new video is available over the NIFC YouTube channel. It is available here: tinyurl.com/NFPETvideo

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RX - Prescribed Fire Courses

RX-301 | Prescribed Fire Implementation
Update Information:

Due to an update in the BehavePlus software, the inputs and outputs for the BehavePlus exercise found on page 3 of 13 through page 5 of 13 of the pre-course work document and the subsequent solution found in the pre-course work answer key on page 3 of 18 through page 8 of 18 are not correct. This will affect information found in the instructor guide on page 1.7 – 1.12 and PowerPoint slides 01-14-RX301-PPT thru 01-24-RX301-PPT.

To ensure the students and instructors come to the same solution it is suggested that instructors complete the exercise using the most recent release of BehavePlus prior to instructing unit 1. In lieu of using the slides 14 – 24 of the current PowerPoint presentation it is suggested the instructor display the Behave program and demonstrate the solution to the students in the actual software.

Bark thickness has been added to the input section of the BehaverPlus exercise. BehavePlus 5.0.5 calculates morality based on dbh. 16" dbh equates to 1" bark thickness in BehavePlus 5.0.5.

The NWCG Risk and Complexity Assessment (RCA) replaced the NWCG Complexity Analysis and NWCG Organizational Needs Assessment in January, 2014. The following table illustrates the changes to this course. The RCA is available for download at: http://www.nwcg.gov/publications/210.

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RX-341 | Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation
Update Information:

An update to the Prescribed Fire Planning Procedures and Implementation Guide (the Guide), now NWCG PMS-484, has been released that affects content for RX 341.

Due to the updates to “the Guide” instructors should note the following changes prior to instructing the course.

Unit 1

  • IG pg. 1.5

    • Element #2 Go/No Go checklist will no longer be called AA checklist. (Now called the AA Ignition Authorization.)
    • #18 is now called “wildfire declaration.”
  • IG Pg. 1.11- The second instructor note mentions AA checklist again.

 

Unit 4

  • IG pg. 4.11- Instructor Note “see the Guide page 20” is now page 27. (Complexity analysis.)

Unit 6

  • IG pg. 6.1- Smoke Management and Air Quality- “the Guide” added Appendix C (Basic Smoke Management Practices) as a reference.

 

Unit 7b

  • IG pg. 7b.4- Positions of Strategic Operations Planner (SOPL), Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN) and Long Term Analyst (LTAN) added to “the Guide” to assist in prescribed fire planning and implementation. Suggest mentioning these new positions during ILT portion of training.  Emphasize, that although optional their assistance during the planning and implementation of long duration/landscape scale prescribed burns may be crucial to success

Unit 7E

  • IG pg. 7.2-7.8- changed the name from “wildfire conversion” to “Wildfire Declaration”.

Unit 8

  •  IG pg. 8.5- “The Guide” added the position (SOPL) here also (as in Unit 7b.)

Unit 9

  • IG pg. 9.6 RX 341 refers to the “Agency Administrators Checklist” now called the Agency Administrator Ignition Authorization.
  • IG pg. 9.7- RX 341 references smoke- there is now an Appendix C added to “the Guide” to provide more reference material on the subject of smoke.

Unit 11

  • IG pg. 11.8- AA Pre-ignition approval checklist mentioned here, now called AA Ignition Authorization, and also refers to information in Appendix D which is now Appendix D-Contingency Planning Aids.

Handouts

  •  HO 10.1 references the “AA Checklist” now referred to as the Agency Administrator Ignition Authorization.

 

Instructor References

  • IR 7E- RX 341 talks about contingency in this reference, new guidelines in “the Guide” suggest different parameters associated with contingency than what is currently referenced in this IR.

 

Changes to the Guide which affect RX 341:

Risk Management Principles- Incorporated into the guide where applicable.  The Guide emphasizes the role of the complexity analysis process in risk management.  The complexity analysis process identifies critical items, mitigation measures, and implementation actions to be addressed in the prescribed fire plan and will acknowledge any remaining unmitigated risk in the final rating.

Lessons Learned – Lessons learned have been incorporated throughout the guide, not as policy statements, but as a tool to help the prescribed fire plan preparer be aware of situations and issues that have caused problems in the past. We encourage you to utilize these, and others from instructors, throughout the course instruction.  Many of the Lessons Learned are specific to long duration/landscape scale prescribed fire planning and implementation that the Lead Instructor should be familiar with for the prescribed fire plan elements

Prescribed Fire Plans- Added allowances for programmatic low complexity prescribed fire plans.  Programmatic Low Complexity Plans are intended for low-complexity projects such as district-wide pile burning under snowy conditions.  The Guide outlines the differences between Programmatic Low Complexity Plans and Programmatic Moderate/High Complexity Plan (may be known as a Multiple Unit Plan) which can be used for prescribed fire projects with multiple ignition units that can be ignited separately or concurrently.

Element 2a- Changed the name “Agency Administrator Go/No Go checklist” to the name “Agency Administrator Ignition Authorization”. The Guide outlines the reason for this change as to, “clarify intent and use” and to encourage a conversation rather than checking things off.  In addition, the form content was substantially modified and the form number was changed from NWCG PMS 422 to NWCG PMS 485.

Element 2b- The Prescribed Fire Checklist is now the Prescribed Fire Go/No-Go Checklist.  Its form number has changed from NWCG PMS 421 to NWCG PMS 486.

Element 4a- Description of Prescribed Fire Area, Physical Description: the template adds identification and description of units.

Element 4b- Description of Prescribed Fire Area, Vegetation, and Fuels Description: the template adds description of the percent of the ignition unit composed of each vegetative type and the corresponding fuel models.

Element 4d- Description of the Prescribed Fire Area, Maps: the template identifies two required maps and provides for three optional but recommended maps.

Element 7- Prescription- clarified that in some cases spatial fire behavior modeling may be needed or desirable to establish the prescription window and assist in building contingency plans.”

Element 17- Contingency Plan- clarified intent and flexibility when using Management Action Points. Contingency should be based on the expected fire behavior, fuel models inside and outside the ignition unit, and values at risk. Contingency needs may vary depending on each phase or activity on the prescribed fire.  Lead Instructor should read new Appendix D in the “guide” to familiarize with some of the new tenants and ensure concepts are covered during unit instruction.

Element 18- Changed terminology from “Wildfire Conversion” to “Wildfire Declaration” and revised the criteria for declaring a wildfire.  The 2009 federal fire policy implementation guidance required this change and it is reflected in Element 17.

Reviews – The Guide encourages units to review prescribed fires whenever a learning opportunity presents itself regardless of the outcome, either positive or negative.  It also introduces Before-Action Reviews (BAR) and Technical On-Site Peer Reviews as tools to assist prescribed fire plan preparers identify potential weakness and threats to success.

Appendix C- Added- to the guide. Basic Smoke Management Practices

Appendix D- Added- Contingency Planning Aids as a complement to the changes in Elements 17/18.  This Appendix introduces PACE Planning, as a risk containment/contingency planning tool that may be used in prescribed fire planning and implementation.

 

The NWCG Risk and Complexity Assessment (RCA) will replace the NWCG Complexity Analysis and NWCG Organizational Needs Assessment beginning in January, 2014. The following table illustrates the changes to this course. The RCA is available for download at: http://www.nwcg.gov/publications/210.

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S - Suppression Courses

S-130 | Firefighter Training
Update Information:

The “Clues and DECIDE wallet card”, NFES 2148 and “Do’s and Don’ts of HazMat card”, NFES 2149 referenced in the Instructor Guide on page 13.7 are no longer available through the Publications Management System. Please delete this section of the training course.

The following changes have been made to publications identified in Appendix A of the Instructor Guide:
• NFES 2732 – S-130 Risk Management VHS has been removed from PMS; use NFES 2733 – S-130 Risk Management DVD
• NFES 2652 – L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline VHS has been replaced with NFES 2985 – L-180 DVD
• NFES 2727 – S-134, LCES VHS has been replaced with NFES 2898 – S- 134, LCES DVD
• Optional videos: NFES 2145, Hazardous Materials VHS; and NFES 2146 – First on the Scene VHS have been removed from PMS; no replacements available.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the S-130, Firefighter Training course. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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S-131 | Firefighter Type 1
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Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the S-131, Firefighter Type 1 course. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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S-190 | Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
Update Information:

The following two errors have been found in the S-190 course:
• Question 17 on the Final Exam: Answer should be “B”, not “A”.
• On Instructor Guide p.2B.17 & Student Workbook p.2B.13 under Exercise 2, Part 2 – “Fuel Timelag” should read “Fuel Moisture Timelag”.

S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (Applies to 2006 Version) Unit 2B, slide 2B-27-S190-EP is mislabeled. This slide should say “Timber Understory - Northwest” not “Timber Litter - Northwest”.

S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (Applies to 2006 Version) Appendix C, Final Exam, Question #5 – B should read:
“B. When the fire is expected to hold under reasonable conditions” The wording on the answer key is correct and B is still the correct answer.

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S-200 | Initial Attack Incident Commander
Update Information:

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

The NWCG Risk and Complexity Assessment (RCA) will replace the NWCG Complexity Analysis and NWCG Organizational Needs Assessment beginning in January, 2014. The following table illustrates the changes to this course. The RCA is available for download at: http://www.nwcg.gov/publications/210.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the S-200, Initial Attack Incident Commander course. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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S-203 | Introduction to Incident Information
Update Information:

The NWCG Risk and Complexity Assessment (RCA) will replace the NWCG Complexity Analysis and NWCG Organizational Needs Assessment beginning in January, 2014. The following table illustrates the changes to this course. The RCA is available for download at: http://www.nwcg.gov/publications

An analysis and review of the existing course materials by the NWCG Training Development Program and Subject Matter Experts has concluded that instructors should add a unit that addresses how to manage social media.
Examples of topics that could be discussed in this unit include:
• Social Media Tools
• Agency Policies Related to Social Media
• Delivering Incident Information Using Social Media
• How to Integrate with Existing Social Media Platforms
• Monitoring Social Media for Incident Information That Others are Posting

The DVD “Dealing Successfully with the Media,” referenced in the Instructor Guide, has relevant content; however, it is outdated. Refer to the list of training resources (below) that may be used to replace this DVD:

PIO Bulletin Board: There are numerous resources listed on this website related to social media, media interviews, guidance for media access, talking points, templates, and other topics. http://www.nifc.gov/PIO_bb/whats_new.html

FEMA Online Course: Public Information Officer Awareness (IS-29) http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-29

FEMA Online Course: Social Media in Emergency Management (IS-42) http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-42

FEMA Online Course: Effective Communication (IS-242.b)
This course not only addresses social media but also several other topics relevant to PIOs. It also has a good list of social media tools and a description of each tool. http://www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-242.b

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) PER-304 https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/training/catalog/8

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S-212 | Wildland Fire Chain Saws
Update Information:

The homepage for the Hazard Tree Subcommittee referenced in the S-212 course has changed. The new web address is http://www.nwcg.gov/committees/hazard-tree-subcommittee. The website is referenced in the following locations:
• Instructor Guide page 4C.3
• PowerPoint slide 4C-3
• Appendix A page 6

A video has been added to the Pre-Course Work page for S-212. The video segment discusses recent events regarding refueling accidents. Reference to the video will need to be included in the course selection letter. Cadres should include a short discussion on the video during the course. The original video file can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG9l7YkBSOg

Wildland Fire Chain Saws, S-212, is now a required National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course for individuals desiring to be qualified as a Basic Faller (FAL3). Please amend the current preface and course instructions as follows:

Preface: Wildland Fire Chain Saws, S-212, is a required National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) training course for individuals desiring to be qualified as a Basic Faller (FAL3) in the National Interagency Incident Management System: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1). It is a suggested course for individuals desiring to be qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB) in the National Interagency Incident Management System: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1).

Course Instructions: VI. STUDENT TARGET GROUP

The target group should consist of individuals desiring to be qualified as Basic Faller (FAL3), Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1), Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB).

This course is suggested training for individuals who use chain saws in their NWCG wildland firefighting positions. It provides basic instruction in chain saw use for tactical fireline applications.

In addition, the Chain Saw Operator Field Evaluation Form found in Appendix C on the course materials CD needs to be updated by the evaluator.
• Apprentice (FALA) update to Basic Faller (FAL3)
• Intermediate (FALB) update to Intermediate Faller (FAL2)
• Advanced (FALC) update to Advanced Faller (FAL1)

The form also appears on the PowerPoint Slides 0-11 and 4D-13. Instructors will need to note the change when discussing the form.

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S-219 | Firing Operations
Update Information:

On page 11 of the S-219, Firing Operations Instructor Guide it states that the final exam consists of 32 questions. The exam consists of 40 questions. The first page of the exam found in Appendix C states that the exam is worth a total of 100 points. The exam point total is actually 109 points. Questions 33 – 40 do not have a point value associated with them. The point values for each question are listed below. Students must have a total of 77 points or higher to receive a minimum passing percentage of 70%.

Question 33 – 1 point
Question 34 – 1 point
Question 35 – 1 point
Question 36 – 1 point
Question 37 – 2 points
Question 38 – 1 point
Question 39 – 1 point
Question 40 – 1 point

An error has been identified in the Unit 3 PowerPoint. The second bullet on slide 76 incorrectly references the Interagency Helicopter Operations Guide and states that the Firing Boss “Must” be onboard the helicopter. The PMS-501, Interagency Aerial Ignition Guide states on page II-3 the Firing Boss “May” be onboard the helicopter during aerial ignition operations.

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S-230 | Crew Boss (Single Resource)
Update Information:

A magazine article on two pages of the S-230 pre-course work, and all reference in the Instructor Guide to this article have been deleted from the course package. The article contained sensitive information and has been removed from the course. For those who purchased the 2004 version of the S-230 course prior to July 1, 2006 please remove pages D-7 and D-8 prior to sending the pre-course work to students. Disregard the reference to the article on pages 3 and 0.8 in the Instructor Guide. An updated version of the ‘CD-ROM Course Material’, NFES #2812 will be available for order from the Publications Management System in August.

Due to transition of the Fireline Handbook (PMS 410-1) to the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210), the following updates are suggested for the S-230 Unit 2 Exercise 1 and the final exam.

Unit 2 Exercise 1
Questions #2. List the administrative items that should be included in a Crew Boss kit.
Answer: Fireline Handbook can be deleted from the answer key. The 210 is a desk reference and not required to be included in the Crew Boss kit, however it can be printed and included if desired.

Question #10. List five important administrative items required for a Crew Boss kit. Answer: Fireline Handbook can be deleted from the answer key. The 210 is a desk reference and not required to be included in the Crew Boss kit, however it can be printed and included if desired.

Final Exam
Question #5: List five administrative items that would be in your Crew Boss kit: (5 points)
Answer: Fireline Handbook can be deleted from the answer key. The 210 is a desk reference and not required to be included in the Crew Boss kit, however it can be printed and included if desired.

Question #13: Prior to building fireline downhill, specific guidelines need to be applied. Where are these guidelines found? (1 point)
Answer: Incident Response Pocket Guide (Delete Fireline Handbook from the answer key)

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the single resource boss position courses. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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S-231 | Engine Boss
Update Information:

The Wildland Fire Suppression Tactics Reference Guide, NFES 1256, referenced in the Instructor Guide in the Course Instructions as pre-course work is no longer available through the Publications Management System. If using the Sample Selection Letter in the Course Instructions section, please delete pre­course work requirements for this course.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the single resource boss position courses. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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S-244 | Field Observer
Update Information:

S-244, Field Observer was revised in 2007; the position taskbooks (PTB) for FOBS and FEMO were modified and combined in 2009. In an effort to capture information found in the revised PTB the Fire Use Subcommittee has developed optional instructional materials that may be added to currently available course materials. The optional materials are available to be used as instructor led materials or may be used as self-study materials. The materials are available on the web at: http://www.frames.gov/partner-sites/niftt/training/nwcg-training-courses/ and include a sample modified agenda. If used the material will add approximately 4 hours to the instructor led course but will not exceed 24 hours to complete the course.

The intent of these optional materials is to supplement the existing course not replace it, it is important that the currently approved S-244 objectives be met in order to receive an NWCG certificate.

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S-245 | Display Processor
Update Information:

There is an error on page 21 related to Figure 1-12, Infrared Map. The figure is not of an IR map, but of the actual IR imagery. Furthermore, the imagery is several years out of date and presents an obsolete form of imagery that has not been used for several years. 

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S-248 | Status/Check-In Recorder
Update Information:

Due to transition of the Fireline Handbook (PMS 410-1) to the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210), the following update is suggested for the S-248 Final Exam:

Question #5:  List at least three critical items included in a SCKN’s kit. (6 points)

Answer:  Fireline Handbook can be deleted from the answer key.  The PMS 210 is a desk reference and not required to be included in the SCKN’s kit; however it can be printed and included if desired. 

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2006 Version
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S-258 | Incident Communications Technician
Update Information:

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2002 Version
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S-261 | Applied Interagency Incident Business Management
Update Information:

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Personnel Time Recorder and Equipment Time Recorder positions. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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Applies to 2014 Version
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S-270 | Basic Air Operations
Update Information:

The optional video Helicopter Capabilities and Limitations (NFES 2392) referenced in Appendix A and suggested for use in unit 4 is no longer available in the Publications Management System (PMS). Since the material was optional it should have no effect on the unit time or objectives.

The information found in the Instructor Guide (p 2.17, 2.19) and PowerPoint Slides (2-50, 2.57) should be updated prior to instructing the unit Interagency Safety Alert 13-1, Helicopter Brace for Impact Positions, provides the updated information.

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

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Applies to 2011 Version
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S-271 | Helicopter Crewmember
Update Information:

Completion of S-271 does not meet the recommended equivalencies for and will not provide credit for the IAT course A-110 Aviation Transport of Hazardous Materials. To receive credit students must take A-110 through the IAT program.

The course materials and sample agenda incorrectly note the time allotted for course presentation at 40 hours. The actual hours for course presentation are 24 – 26 hours allowing adequate breaks for the students. Use the updated course agenda which reflects the actual course presentation time.

The information found in the Instructor Guide (p 7B.7, 7B.9) and PowerPoint Slides (7B.21, 7B.28) should be updated prior to instructing the unit. The Interagency Safety Alert 13-1, Helicopter Brace For Impact Positions, provides the updated information. 

The Basic Aviation Safety Guide listed in Appendix A Course Ordering Information and Support Information is not available for order. The most recent version of the publication, which is now called the Basic Aviation Safety Booklet can be downloaded directly from the IAT website

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2010 Version
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S-290 | Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
Update Information:

The PowerPoint (PPT) and associated media files originally developed in PPT 97 are not compatible with PPT 2010. The presentations have been recreated in PPT 2010 and the media files have been embedded. The slides identified in the 6/2008 course update have been corrected in the PPT 2010 version. Some of the PowerPoints are very large files and will take a long time to download.

Unit 0
Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Unit 5
Unit 6- Part 1
Unit 6- Part 2
Unit 7
Unit 8
Unit 9
Unit 10
Unit 11
Unit 12- Part 1
Unit 12- Part 2

FLAME:
As per direction from the NWCG Training Working Team, instruction of the Fireline Assessment Method (FLAME) material in the S-290 course is optional. This portion does not need to be taught as part of the certified course. The course hours can be reduced by 4 hours if not using the FLAME material. The attached errata sheet (errata sheet - FLAME) provides direction for adapting the course content.

Powerpoint:
Several errors have been found in the S-290 course. Please update your course prior to teaching by replacing the following PPT slides, and editing the Pre-Qualifying Test and Final Exam questions.
 

PowerPoint Slides:
01-46-S290-EP (Unit 1, slide 46)
02-18-S290-EP (Unit 2, slide 18)
03-16-S290-EP (Unit 3, slide 16)
03-19-S290-EP (Unit 3, slide 19)
03-46-S290-EP (Unit 3, slide 46)
04-14-S290-EP (Unit 4, slide 14)
04-34-S290-EP (Unit 4, slide 34)
09-25-S290-EP (Unit 9, slide 25)
10-69-S290-EP (Unit 10, slide 69)

Pre-Qualifying Test:
Part 2, question 1

Remove Mark 3 from the question: change to - You are asked to prepare five gallons of mixed pump gas, the proper fuel mix is 32 to 1 (32:1) or 32x (times) the parts of gas to one part oil. How much 2 cycle oil (oz) is needed to prepare five gallons.

Part 5, question 4
The correct answer is: Large scale winds caused by high and low-pressure systems but generally influenced and modified in the lower atmosphere by terrain.

Final exam:
Question #10: add topographic maps as a possible answer.
Questions #17 & #57: these are the same question, give credit for #57 only.
Question #28: C is the correct answer.
Question #29: use the psychrometric table from a belt weather kit or replace the one in this test with the attached psychrometric table (S-290_psychrometric_table.pdf).
Questions #41 & #42: have students use the Fireline Handbook Appendix B to determine the fine dead fuel moisture.
Questions #62-66, replace the map on page D-41 with the attached map (S-290_Map_pD41.pdf). Question #56, the correct answer is D.

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Applies to 2007 Version
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S-300 | Extended Attack Incident Commander
Update Information:

Due to transition of the Fireline Handbook (PMS 410-1) to the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210), the following update is suggested for the S-300 final exam.
Question #1: Describe three sources the Type 3 IC should use for the development of situation awareness. (3 pts)
Answer: Within the answer key replace Fireline Handbook with the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210).

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

The NWCG Risk and Complexity Assessment (RCA) will replace the NWCG Complexity Analysis and NWCG Organizational Needs Assessment beginning in January, 2014. The following table illustrates the changes to this course. The RCA is available for download at: http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/pubs/pms210/.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Extended Attack Incident Commander position. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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Applies to 2008 Version
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S-339 | Division Group Supervisor
Update Information:

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Division Group Supervisor position. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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Applies to 2015 Version
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S-340 | Human Resource Specialist
Update Information:

Due to transition of the Fireline Handbook (PMS 410-1) to the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210), the following update is suggested for the S-340 final exam.

Final Exam
Question #4: List four items, other than office supplies, that should be included in an HRSP Supply Kit. (5 points)
Answer: Fireline Handbook can be deleted from the answer key. The PMS 210 is a desk reference and not required to be included in the HRSP kit, however it can be printed and included if desired.

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Applies to 2011 Version
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S-354 | Facilities Unit Leader
Update Information:

Due to transition of the Fireline Handbook (PMS 410-1) to the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210), the following update is suggested for the S-354 final exam:
Question #5: As defined in the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210), list four duties of a Facilities Unit Leader: (4 pts)
Answer: unchanged
Due to changes to the National Mobile Facilities contract the following updates need to be made to Unit 4 of the course.

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE
• p. 4.6, 4 – optional equipment is not in the new National Mobile Facilities contract; instructor can talk about other avenues, such as BPA
• p. 4.7, 5, 2nd bullet – delete the word “vehicle” and insert “unit”
• p. 4.8, b – delete Alaska; Alaska is no longer listed in contract
• p. 4.8, c – emphasize that optional equipment can only be ordered with BPA or EERA and not under contract
• p. 4.9, 3a, 4th bullet – delete dust control
• p. 4.13, c, 1st bullet – refer to C.1.5.12, should be C.1.5.11
• p. 4.15, 1, 2nd bullet – release and/or reassignment, C.2.1.2, should be C.2.3
• p. 4.15, 1, 3rd bullet – required information when placing orders, C.2.1.4, should be C.2.1
• p. 4.15, Under Required information when placing orders, add large capacity or small capacity shower needed
• p. 4.16, 1st bullet – required lead time after ordering, no longer in contract, delete;as well as next statement,Two hour . p. 4.16, 2
• p. 4.16 – Procedure for canceling…, C.2.2, should be C.2.3 and C.2.5
• p. 4.16 – highlighted ANSWER says C.2.2.2, should be C.2.5.2
• p. 4.16 – relocation, C.2.3, should be C.2.6
• p. 4.16, 4 – delete all 4 bullets; they refer to optional contract equipment
• p. 4.18, 5 – ordering intermittent use of contractor’s water vehicle, C.2.5, should be C.2.8
• IG p. 4.19, C – need to add large capacity and small capacity definitions
• IG p. 4.19, 4th bullet – C.3.1.4, should be C.3.1.4.1, C.3.1.4.2 and C.3.2.1
• IG p. 4.19 – 101 degrees, should be 110 degrees
• IG p. 4.21, 3 – remove “Be level with the shower stalls”; also 3rd bullet should say“Capable of accommodating as many people as there are shower heads”
• IG p. 4.21, 4, 2nd bullet – C.3.4.1, should be C.3.4.2
• IG p. 4.22, 1st bullet – optional water vehicle…, can be deleted as well as 5, handwashing (optional); they are no longer listed in contract
• IG p. 4.22, D – section D.1.4, should be D.1.1 and D.1.3
• IG p. 4.26, 5 & 6 – delete; they refer to optional vehicles
• IG p. 4.26, 7 – misc. charges and credits, G.7, should be G.5
• IG p. 4.27, 7 – last paragraph under Government will reimburse…, G.7.5, should be G.5.4
• IG p. 4.27, 8 – payment procedures, G.8, should be Section G.6
• IG p. 4.29, Hot Cap Exercise, update vendor; Bishops should be Northside Mobile Services. Updating invoices would help also.
• IG p. 4.30, I. – Delegation of Authority is no longer listed in the contract; remove the 3 bullet items that reference Section J
• IG p. 4.31 – Explorer Fire Exercise is no longer valid; it pertains to optional vehicles that the contractor brings. Deleted or amended to make it feasible.
• IG p. 4.33, J – common invoice mistakes, 1st bullet, Missing proper signatures G.8, 8.2, should be G.6.2
• IG p. 4.33, 5th bullet – delete; refers to supplemental items in the food contract
• IG p. 4.33, 7th bullet – delete; refers to supplemental items in the food contract

FINAL EXAM
• Final test question #12. Needs to say ‘What are the minimum specifications for a large capacity shower unit for the following:’ , so the answer will still match

STUDENT WORKBOOK
• Students Workbook will have the same corrections as the Instructors Guide

POWERPOINT
• Slides 04-13-S354-PPT and 04-14-S354-PPT refer to optional equipment offered under the National Mobile Facilities contract; this contract no longer has Optional Equipment offered. If optional equipment is needed go through the ordering procedure using BPA and not the contract.
• Slide 04-15-S354-PPT, 2nd bullet shows “vehicle” identification number, it now should say “unit” identification number
• Slide 04-17-S354-PPT statement is made to “use local hires first” this now should just state “use local hires” as it currently is not an option to use contractor equipment under this contract
• Slide 04-20-S354-PPT delete “dust control” under Government Furnished Supplies; dust control is a contractor responsibility
• Slide 04-28-S354-PPT refer to section C.1.5.12, should be C.1.5.11
• Slide 04-32-S354-PPT refer to section C.2.1.1, should be C.2.3
• Slide 04-33-S354-PPT refer to C.2.1.4, should be C.2.1
• Slide 04-34-S354-PPT talks about 2 hour mobilization time, which is no longer in the contract, Job Code should be the only thing left on that page
• Slide 04-35-S354-PPT refer to section C.2.2, should be C.2.3 and C.2.5
• Slide 04-36-S354-PPT refer to section C.2.3, should be C.2.6
• Slide 04-37-S354-PPT refers to optional equipment; delete slide
• Slide 04-38-S354-PPT refers to optional equipment; delete slide or make a statement to group if you get EERA/BPA equipment, it will need to be inspected
• Slide 04-39-S354-PPT refer to section C.2.5, should be C.2.8
• Slide 04-43-S354-PPT should say “Large capacity units shall have a minimum 12 shower heads with 20 psi pressure and 2 gallons per minute flow. Small capacity units shall have a minimum of 4 and maximum of 11 shower heads with 20 psi pressure and 2 gallons per minute flow. Eight wash basins and mirrors outside the shower unit for large capacity units, and four wash basins and mirrors outside the shower unit for small capacity units.
• Slide 04-43-S354-PPT refer to section C.3.1.4, should be C.3.1.4.1, C.3.1.4.2 and C.3.2.1
• Slide 04-44-S354-PPT 101 degrees, should be 110 degrees
• Slide 04-48-S354-PPT remove “Be level with the shower stalls”, 3rd bullet should say “Capable of accommodating as many people as there are shower heads”
• Slide 04-51-S354-PPT refers to optional equipment; delete slide
• Slide 04-52-S354-PPT refers to optional equipment; delete slide
• Slide 04-53-S354-PPT refer to section D.1.4, should be D.1.1 and D.1.3
• Slide 04-60-S354-PPT refers to payments for optional equipment; delete slide
• Slide 04-61-S354-PPT refers to payments for optional equipment; delete slide
• Slide 04-65-S354-PPT refer to section G.8, should be G.6
• Slide 04-69-S354-PPT Delegation of Authority is no longer in the contract; delete slide

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2009 Version
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S-357 | Food Unit Leader
Update Information:

The Mobile Food Services contract required to complete the pre-course work is not available for download. Course coordinators or lead instructors should email fsaqmisb@fs.fed.us to obtain a copy of the contract and send it to students with their acceptance letter. Please account for a reasonable amount of time for an email response.

Due to changes to the National Mobile Facilities contract the following updates need to be made to Pre-Course Test, Unit 5 (Instructor Guide, Student Workbook and PowerPoint) and the Final Exam.

PRE-COURSE WORK (errors below have been corrected on the online test)
• Question 11, answer is still F, but “a.” should read “Dust Control for the main serving area as needed.”
• Question 15, answer should be F. a, b, and d
• Question 16, b. should be 1000 gallons not 500 gallons
• Question 17, D should say “Immediately report to the LSC or FDUL to verify set up.”
• Question 25, delete “COR or” • Question 31, delete “COR or”
• Question 32, solution is False, not True
• Question 36, delete “COR or the”
• Question 37, delete the last sentence “You must notify the Contracting Officers Rep….

INSTRUCTOR GUIDE
• p. 5A.17, Twins Exercise − 2nd solution is C2.4.1, not C2.1.3.2 − 3rd solution is C.2.9, not C2.5.1
• p. 5A.18, Twins Exercise − 1st solution is C.1.4.11, not C1.4.12 − 2nd solution is C2.3.3, not C.2.2.2
• p. 5A.22, Lesson 5A Quiz, question 10 – the solution is B and should read 200, 1000, not 200,500
• p. 5B.7, D. Menu Variety – should read “Contractor bi-weekly menus shall be approved.”
• p. 5B.9, Twins Exercise − 1st solution is C3.1.1.1-d, not C3.1.1.1-c − 2nd solution is C1.5.13, not C3.1.1.1-i − 3rd solution is C3.1.1.6(e), not C3.1.1.5-6 − 4th solution is C3.1.1.6(c), not C3.1.1.5-3
• p. 5B.10, Twin Exercise − 1st solution is C3.1.1.10 and not C3.1.1.9 − 3rd solution is C1.1.2 and not C4.1.1 − 4th solution is C4.1.1 and not C4.1.2 − 5th solution, is bi-weekly menus and C4.1.2, not weekly and C4.1.3
• p. 5B.11, Twin Exercise − 3rd solution should be C4.2.5.1(b &c), not C4.2.5.2 − 4th solution should be C4.7.3 and not C4.2.5.6 − 5th solution should be C4.2.6.2 and not C4.2.6.1
• p. 5B.18, Lesson 5B Quiz, question 14 should be B. False
• p. 5B.19, Lesson 5B Quiz − question 16 should be A. Yes − question 18 should be B. False
• p. 5B.20, Lesson 5B Quiz, question 20 should be C. FDUL
• p 5C.9, Twins Fire Exercise, 1st solution, 2nd bullet is C4.2.5, not D.2.2; dash under that is D2.1, not D.1.4.
• p. 5D.6, D. Designations – 1, 2, and 3 are no longer in the contract
• p. 5D.6, E. should be Contractor Bi-weekly Menus
• p. 5D.6, I. Fresh Food Boxes should be deleted (no longer have Alaska food boxes)
• p. 5D.19, Lesson 5D Quiz, question 15 should be A. Usage/Cu/FT and not square feet.
• p. 5D.20 Lesson 5D Quiz, question 19. A should read: “At a minimum or when required by the local jurisdiction or State Law, one microbiological test for total coliform shall be performed within 2 established business days of the time of arrival at the incident at a certified laboratory.”

STUDENT WORKBOOK
• Students Workbook will have the same corrections as the Instructors Guide

APPENDIX C – FINAL EXAMINATION
• p. C-33, question
31 pertains to the old contract; insert new question:
31. Sandwich Preparation Area shall:
A. Maintain a temperature of 72 degrees or less.
B. Provide insect control.
C. Provide dust control.
D. All of Above.

• p. C-25, question 36, solution B needs to be changed to B. 200, 1000 and NOT 200, 500

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2008 Version
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S-358 | Communications Unit Leader
Update Information:

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

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Applies to 2008 Version
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S-359 | Medical Unit Leader
Update Information:

Instructors should reference the Incident Emergency Medical Subcommittee (IEMS) website (http://www.nwcg.gov/full-committee-list) when discussing medical protocols on page 2.5 of Unit 2, Establishing and Maintaining the Unit. Click on the Minimum Standards button for current information on medical protocols for incidents.

The site also contains a variety of additional information and resources designed for EMS personnel who will organize and manage an incident medical unit. Instructors should make students aware of this website.

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2000 Version
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S-371 | Helibase Manager
Update Information:

A discrepancy has been found between the Pre-course materials available in Appendix D of the course materials CD (NFES 2887) and the Pre-course materials found on the NWCG Training website (http://training.nwcg.gov/). The specific differences relate to questions 6, 12, 34, and 35. After review by a subject matter expert it has been determined that the questions available on the NWCG Training website are more applicable to the Helibase Manager position.

All future courses should use the pre-course work materials found on the NWCG website.

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2007 Version
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S-372 | Helicopter Management
Update Information:

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

An error has been found in the S-372 Final Exam. Question 8 is worded differently in the student test and the answer key, both are incorrect. Answers B and D are the same in the student test and both would be considered correct by instructors. Answer B, “agency maintenance pilot inspector,” in the answer key is a non-existent entity or position and should state, “agency maintenance inspector.”

The question should read:

8. Before a project flight, you check the pilot’s card and find he isn’t approved for the mission; however, the pilot claims he is qualified. What must be done before you can continue the mission?

a. Have the local aviation manager give verbal approval to continue.

b. Contact an agency maintenance inspector for approval.

c. Contact a line officer for approval.

d. Contact a helicopter inspector pilot for approval.

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2009 Version
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S-375 | Air Support Group Supervisor
Update Information:

The Call When Needed (CWN) and Large Air Tanker contracts required to complete the pre-selection assessment are not available for download. Course coordinators or lead instructors should email fsaqmisb@fs.fed.us to obtain a copy of the contract and send it to students with their acceptance letter. Please account for a reasonable amount of time for an email response.

Pre-selection Assessment
Question # 41: refers to the payload of a Lockheed P3A.  This aircraft is no longer used.  Change question to: What is the maximum retardant payload for a BAe 146?  Answer: Gallons:3,000 Pounds:27,000. (2 points).

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2006 Version
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S-378 | Aerial Supervision
Update Information:

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate. Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Air Tactical Group Supervisor position. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

B3 Combined Helicopter/Airplane Safety was replaced with A-100 Basic Aviation Safety in December 2013. The online pre-course work has been updated to reflect this change.

Cadre will need to update the reference, from B3 to A-100, in the Instructor Guide on page 5 and on the Sample Nomination Letter on page 9.

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2009 Version
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S-390 | Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
Update Information:

Several errors were found in the September 2006 version of the S-390 course. The errors have been corrected by an errata sheet. Until stock in the warehouse is depleted, all instructor guides will contain a letter and CD with the errata edits. The course materials CD ROM (NFES 2933) will be replaced and available for order by the end of April 2007; this CD will be the complete, revised package 2nd Edition, February 2007.

An error has been found on the Student CD under “Pre-Course Work Study Material” in the topography.pdf file. The answer to question #2 under Topography Exercise Answers on page 15 should be 4160’.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations course. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2006 Version
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S-404 | Safety Officer
Update Information:

The Safety Officer Toolkit referenced in the Note to the Instructor in Unit 0, page 0.7, is no longer available for downloading.  Instructors are encouraged to provide personal examples of their toolkits.

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Applies to 2013 Version
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S-420 | Command and General Staff
Update Information:

All radio equipment and radio frequency use for the course (classroom simulations, field exercises, course logistics, etc.) requires specific authorization and must be coordinated and assigned through the local agency frequency coordinator or the Communications Duty Officer at the NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, as appropriate.  Radio equipment and frequencies for training should be requested well in advance of course start date (at least two months) and shall be released/returned to the issuing entity upon course conclusion.

The video ICS Incident Planning at Work (NFES 2042) is no longer available. In its place instructors should use the FEMA Planning P Video. It can be downloaded here: http://training.fema.gov/Allhazards/.

The 2002 S-420 video – Intelligence Information Gathering and Incident Planning Meeting (NFES 002684), referenced in the instructor guide, is no longer available for order through the Publication Management System.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Command and General Staff course. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2002 Version
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S-430 | Operations Section Chief
Update Information:

The NWCG Risk and Complexity Assessment (RCA) will replace the NWCG Complexity Analysis and NWCG Organizational Needs Assessment beginning in January, 2014. The following table illustrates the changes to this course. The RCA is available for download at: http://www.nwcg.gov/publications.

 Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Operations Section Chief position. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

Versions Affected:
Applies to 2006 Version
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S-440 | Planning Section Chief
Update Information:

Due to transition of the Fireline Handbook (PMS 410-1) to the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210), the following update is suggested for the S-440 Unit 7 Test.

Questions 2: List five reference documents or sample documents that the PSC should   carry in the kit. (5 points)
Answer:  Fireline Handbook can be deleted from the answer key.  The PMS 210 is a desk reference and not required to be included in the PSC kit, however it can be printed and included if desired.

The video ICS Incident Planning at Work (NFES 2042) is no longer available. In its place instructors should use the FEMA Planning P Video. It can be downloaded here: http://training.fema.gov/Allhazards/.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Planning Section Chief position. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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Applies to 2001 Version
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S-470 | Air Operation Branch Director
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An error has been found in the S-470 Course Instructions. A sample “Nomination Letter” was included on pages 9 and 10 of the Instructor Guide and is not appropriate for this course; the pre-course work is not graded. The “Selection Letter” on page 11 references the incorrect position task book. Use this “Selection Letter” in its place.

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Applies to 2013 Version
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S-481 | Incident Business Advisor
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Due to transition of the Fireline Handbook (PMS 410-1) to the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210), the following update is suggested for the S-481 final exam.
Question #23:  List three reference documents utilized during an IBA assignment.(6 pts)
Answer:  In the answer key the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide (PMS 210) replaces the Fireline Handbook.

The NWCG Risk and Complexity Assessment (RCA) will replace the NWCG Complexity Analysis and NWCG Organizational Needs Assessment beginning in January, 2014. The following table illustrates the changes to this course. The RCA is available for download at: http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/pubs/pms210/.

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Applies to 2008 Version
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S-490 | Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
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The links in the pre-course review materials Part 4-Manual Methods of Fire Behavior Prediction and Part 5-Use of BehavePlus have been updated. The materials can now be found at https://www.frames.gov/partner-sites/behaveplus/home/. The documents found on the S-490 Student CD in the Pre-Course Study Materials folder have not been updated. Students will need to be informed of the changes if they are using the CD.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations course. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: http://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml

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Applies to 2010 Version
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