S-244, Field Observer

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Course Description

This course provides students with the skills necessary to perform as a Field Observer (FOBS) and/or a Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO). Topics include roles and responsibilities of the FOBS and FEMO; how to make observations and document those observations; how to produce hand drawn and GPS field maps; and how to navigate using a compass and GPS. The navigation unit has 4½ hours of field exercises and the final field exercise is 8 hours. For pre-course work, students need to read and complete exercises in Basic Land Navigation, PMS 475.

Course Objective:

  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge to gather and report information for incident planning.

Course Delivery

Information not available at this time.

Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessment8
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training20
Total Hours28

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-244 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

None

Course Recommended For:

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Field Observer (FOBS) and/or Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Successful completion of S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior.

Successful completion of pre-course work.

Basic understanding of how to use a GPS receiver.

FOBS: Qualified as any single resource boss.
OR
FEMO: Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).

Associated Position Task Books

Information not available at this time.

Functional Area: 
Planning
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2018-11-09

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