National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-236, Heavy Equipment Boss, 2013

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Course Materials

These materials are for instructor-led delivery.

This instructor-led course has pre-course work (estimate 2 hours). Additional information about the course can be found on the Overview page.


  1. Please review the S-236 Heavy Equipment Boss pre-course work guide
  2.  Complete the Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy modules including the knowledge checks. Be prepared to discuss these modules in class.
  3. Review this publication, Mechanized Equipment for Fire and Fuel Operations (Yellow Book), prior to coming to class.
  4. Optional: Review the following video Firefighters Inside the Iron.

    Time: 8:34


Click the individual links to download material or download all materials in one zip file (note zip file is 423 MB).

Final Exam

Course Coordinators, Lead Instructors, or Unit Training Officers may email for access to the final exam, final exercise, and answer keys. The request must come from an official NWCG partner email address.


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