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 for an assignment in the current fire season. RT-341 is required for the GISS position 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

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

Session Offerings

Course sessions can be found on the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). 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. 


RT-341 is virtual instructor-led training taught by the national GISS training cadre. The recording of the course will also be available as a self-directed online course, facilitated by the national GISS training cadre.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Virtual Instructor-Led Training8
Total Hours8

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).

System Credentials

  • NIFC ArcGIS Online Organization. Qualified GISS should have the NIFC Data Manager role and GISS trainees should have the NIFC Data Publisher role.

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

The course is managed by a National Steering Committee, the Geospatial Curriculum Management Unit (GCMU). The GCMU maintains a national cadre list of lead and unit instructors. Lead and unit instructors must be on the national cadre list to teach. Lead instructors must be selected and/or approved annually by the GCMU. Lead and unit instructors must be current fully qualified GISS and show currency within IQCS/ICS and/or incident qualifications card (red card). Currency is defined as having had a GISS assignment in the last one to two years. Instructors must be experienced in managing incident data in the NIFS, adhering to NWCG GISS Workflow, PMS 936-1, and GeoOps on incidents.

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


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