M-581, Fire Program Management

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Course Description

This course was developed using a blended approach to learning. This training course is designed to meet the needs of current and future unit level Fire Program Managers. It is intended to aid in the application of fire management principles in sound decision-making, business management, human resource management, administrative functions, use of state-of-the-art tools and methods in fire management programs, and recognition of the necessity for personal accountability required in fire program management.

Course Objective:

  • Upon successfully completing M-581, Fire Program Management, students will be able to identify the principles, policies and procedures to effectively and safely lead, plan, and implement a Fire Management Program. Students will be able to identify the program management, reporting, and personal accountability responsibilities of the Fire Program Manager.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32-36
Total Hours32-36

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for M-581 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:

Current or future Fire Program Managers who have direct responsibility to plan, organize, budget, manage and evaluate Fire Management Programs (e.g. fire operations supervisor, battalion chief, assistant fire management officer, IHC superintendent, helicopter crew supervisor, unit aviation manager, lead dispatcher, dispatch center manager, fuels specialist). This course is intended for students that have managed portions of a fire program, and are prepared to make the transition to overall fire program management.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

It is recommended students obtain the competencies provided in L-380, Fireline Leadership; RX-310, Introduction to Fire Effects; and ICS-300, Intermediate ICS; prior to attending this course.

Associated Position Task Books

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Functional Area: 
Prescribed Fire
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