S-244, Field Observer, 2007

Decorative banner: Three photos of wildland fire activities. A large fire burns in a timbered valley throwing heavy smoke plumes. Three firefighters stand in a group reviewing a paper while leaning on tools. Two firefighters observe fire burning through trees and heavy underbrush as it travels up a slope.

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Pre-Course Work

This instructor-led course has pre-course work (estimate 8 hours). Additional information about the course can be found on the Overview page.


  1. Read Basic Land Navigation, PMS 475This self-study publication is an introduction to navigation and field mapping. Complete the Checking Your Understanding in each chapter.
  2. Read the owner’s manual for your GPS receiver and have a basic understanding of how to use the receiver. This is not a GPS course. The GPS receiver will only be used to complement basic map and compass skills.



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