National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RT-341, GIS Specialist for Incident Management Annual Refresher

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RT-341, GIS Specialist for Incident Management Annual Refresher does not teach ArcGIS (ArcGIS Pro) functionality or concepts. As GIS professionals, students must have expertise using ArcGIS technology and should come to the class already proficient at managing/editing geospatial data (geodatabases), spatial analysis, and map production using ArcGIS Pro software. Students are expected to already have Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS) knowledge, skills, and abilities.  The RT-341 course goal is to prepare a GISS or GISS-T for an assignment in the current fire season. RT-341 is required for the GISS position (qualified or trainee) to maintain currency.


Upon completing the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to respond to wildland fire incidents and perform the duties of a GISS. This includes:

  • Understanding the current fire season information and requirements for the GISS position.
  • Adhering to the NWCG Standards for Geospatial Operations (GeoOps), PMS 936 for incident file naming and directory organization, symbology, map elements, map standards, and documentation.
  • Adhering to the NWCG GISS Workflow, PMS 936-1 for preparing, editing, and managing incident data in the National Incident Feature Service (NIFS), as well as other aspects of the Workflow.

Target Group

  • Required for Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS) and GISS Trainees
  • Other incident positions working with geospatial data including Infrared Interpreter (IRIN), Situation Unit Leader (SITL)

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Session Offerings

Course can be found on the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Log on as a guest to search for 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 COURSES. 


RT-341 is Self-Directed (Online) training developed by the national GISS training cadre and hosted in the Wildland Fire Learning Portal. 

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Self-Directed (Online) Training 8
Total Hours 8

Hardware and Software Requirements


  • Laptop computer (that will be used on the incident), mouse, and external monitor (recommended).


  • Concurrent Use or Single-use ArcGIS Pro (fire season-approved version) Advanced license installation. License must be Authorized to Work Offline. 
  • FTP client software (examples: FileZilla,WinSCP).

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