D-510, Expanded Dispatch Supervisory Dispatcher

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Course Description

This course is designed to train individuals in the function and responsibilities of a Supervisory Dispatcher within an Incident Support Organization. Students selected for this course must be capable of performing as an Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher in all functional areas of an expanded dispatch organization. The course will provide trainees with a working knowledge of the necessary management skills and operational procedures for successful performance as a Supervisory Dispatcher. The course is intended to be an interactive experience, requiring students to interact with the materials, the faculty, and fellow students. The course consists of a 40-hour pre-course test, discussions, exercises and final exam. It is designed to take 32 hours to present. Class size is limited to 40 students. For current course information, refer to the NAFRI website at https://www.nafri.gov.

Course Objective:

Given an incident situation, a briefing from the appropriate agency management entity, and incident objectives, students will be able to:

  • Develop and manage an effective organization to meet present and future needs of an incident.
  • Utilize available information to establish expanded dispatch priorities in consultation with the appropriate agency management entity.

Course Delivery

Information not available at this time.

Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-selection assessment40
Pre-course workN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32
Total Hours72

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for D-510 on the National Wildland Fire Training website . Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:


Course Recommended For:

Individuals who will be called upon to establish and supervise an expanded dispatch organization and who have met prerequisite training and experience at the Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher (EDSD) level.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher (EDSD). Recommend experience in all functional areas (overhead, crews, equipment, aircraft and supply).

Successfully complete a pre-course pass/fail assessment that takes approximately 40 hours to complete.

Success in D-510 will depend on the student’s ability in leadership and organizational knowledge as contained in the L-380, Fireline Leadership; ICS-300, Intermediate ICS; D-310, Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher; and agency-specific supervision courses. D-312, Aircraft Dispatcher, is highly recommended.

Associated Position Task Books

Expanded Dispatch Supervisory Dispatcher (PMS 311-57)

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