National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-215, Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface, 2013

S-215 Decorative banner. Four photos of wildland fire operations. Two firefighters talk with a firefighter sitting in a utility task vehicle. A cadre of firefighters stand in a circle to listen to instructions. Two firefighters stand at hood of truck reviewing maps while another firefighter looks on. An incident commander talks on microphone to a large group of firefighters.

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This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. Instructional units include firefighter safety in the interface, managing human factors in the interface, pre-incident planning, sizeup and initial strategy, structure triage, structure protection overview, tactics in the interface, tactical operations and resource use in the interface, action assessment, plan update, and after action review.


  • Operate safely and effectively in a wildland urban interface incident by using situation awareness, performing structure triage, using pre-planning tools, having a basic understanding of fire behavior, and using strategy and tactics unique to the wildland urban interface environment.

Target Group

Designed to assist any emergency responders who will be planning for and making operational decisions during an interface incident. This course is for personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4), Task Force Leader (TFLD), or any Strike Team Leader.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).

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-215 is available as instructor-led (classroom) training.

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 16-24
Total Hours 16-24

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead instructor must be a qualified Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3), Task Force Leader (TFLD), or Division Group Supervisor (DIVS).

Unit instructors must be qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or any Strike Team Leader (STCR, STEN, STEQ).

Cadre should include representatives from both structure and wildland fire disciplines.

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

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2009-03


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