National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-211, Portable Pumps and Water Use, 2012

S-211 Decorative banner. Four photos of wildland fire pump operations. A firefighter adjusts a hose lay into a creek bed with the pump sitting on the bank. A photo of a hose lay nozzle. A group of students learn how to run a water pump. A photo of several water pumps sitting in a dirt clearing.

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This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills to design, setup, operate, troubleshoot, and shut down portable water delivery systems. The focus is on portable pumps – it does not address water delivery for engines. Topics covered include: portable water delivery systems; equipment; roles and responsibilities; and system design and hydraulics. There is also a field exercise where students will apply what they learned in the classroom.


  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to design, set up, operate, troubleshoot, and shut down portable water delivery systems.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5), or those wanting to learn more about portable pumps and water use.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training


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.



S-211 may be delivered as instructor-led (classroom) training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Component Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 16-20
Total Hours 16-20

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Instructors must be knowledgeable in the use and maintenance of portable water pumps. Hydraulics unit requires competency in that subject matter.

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

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2004-10
  • 1993-02
  • 1978-09


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