National Wildfire Coordinating Group

D-510, Expanded Dispatch Supervisory Dispatcher, N/A

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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 (EDSD) 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


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.

Target Group

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.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



D-510 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-selection assessment 40
Pre-course work N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 32
Total Hours 72

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Nationally recognized subject matter experts serve as instructors in this course.

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.


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