National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RT-373, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Incident Operations Refresher, N/A

RT-373 Decorative banner: Three photos of wildland fire unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations. Two UAS technicians review information on a computer screen. Two UAS pilots stand on burned ground handling the drone controls. A large drone sits on launch pad while several UAS technicians stand in background talking and working.

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Description

The UAS Refresher is available as instructor training. Course content is updated frequently and is available at: https://sites.google.com/firenet.gov/s373/courses. The course shall focus on lessons learned from previous incident responses, including review of SAFECOMs, trends in incident UAS employment, and updated policy. Additional topics such as emerging technology, data processing, and remote pilot competency shall be addressed as required.

RT-373 is designed to provide the participants with updated information for how qualified personnel will:

  • Safely plan and implement UAS missions.
  • Collect data required to derive requested incident products.
  • Deliver requested data products within required timeframes.
  • Manage vendor-provided UAS services.

Objectives

Review and refresh techniques to:

  • Plan a UAS mission.
  • Coordinate with aerial supervision and on-scene aircraft.
  • Collect data required to derive requested incident products.
  • Deliver requested data products within required timeframes.
  • Manage vendor-provided UAS services.

Target Group

Qualified Unmanned Aircraft System Pilot (UASP), Unmanned Aircraft System, Manager (UASM), Unmanned Aircraft System, Module Leader (UASL), and Unmanned Aircraft System, Data Specialist (UASD).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Agency remote pilot certification for Unmanned Aircraft System Pilot (UASP), Unmanned Aircraft System, Manager (UASM), and Unmanned Aircraft System, Module Leader (UASL).
  • GIS expertise and experience for Unmanned Aircraft System, Data Specialist (UASD).

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.

 

Delivery

RT-373 is available as virtual training. A hybrid approach including online delivery of curriculum accompanied with in-person discussion and review of localized application and procedures is encouraged.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training (Virtual or Hybrid) 8 hours
Total Hours 8 hours

Hardware and Software Requirements

A computer or mobile device capable of interaction with the course delivery platform and webinar interaction.

Location

Online or at local units as required for hybrid delivery.

Course Level

National course

Equivalency

Participation in NWCG course S-373, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Incident Operations as a lead, unit, or flight instructor may be applied as equivalency of RT-373 to meet the triennial requirement.

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

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

 

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Functional Area: 
Air Operations
Required For: 
UASL-Triennial, UASM-Triennial, UASP-Triennial
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2023-05-18

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