S-248, Status/Check-In Recorder, 2006

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Course Delivery Information

S-248 may be delivered as instructor-led (classroom) training.

Expectations of Instructors

  • Prepare thoroughly. Study the course content you are going to teach.
  • Establish a collaborative and constructive classroom environment.
  • Communicate expectations.
  • Encourage student engagement.
  • Respect student diversity in backgrounds, talent, experience, and learning style.
  • Professionally represent your instructor cadre, your home unit, and your agency.

Course Guidance

Course coordinators and instructors should be thoroughly familiar with the NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1.  The NWCG Standards for Course Delivery establishes standards for all aspects of NWCG training course management and delivery. These standards should be used in conjunction with the NWCG Standards for Wildland Fire Position Qualifications, PMS 310-1, and the course-specific guidance stated in the NWCG Training Catalog.

See S-248 minimum instructor qualifications

Recommended Class Size

Recommended class size is 30 students.  Instructors should maintain a 6:1 ratio of students to instructors/coaches to facilitate exercises and discussion and to enable strong mentorship to the students. 

Cadre Meetings

Conduct initial, pre-course, daily, and close-out instructor cadre meetings. These provide opportunities to plan, organize, preview materials, review training and exercises, and identify and address concerns and issues. Consider using an informal After Action Review process. Instructor cadre meetings are critical for instructors who do not have previous experience with the course.  Additional information is located in the NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1.

Course Materials

Each student must be provided the following:

Additional Materials Needed

These materials are needed above and beyond the usual items (pens, paper, flip charts, markers, etc.).

  • Each student will need access to a computer that has the most current incident automation software. At the time of this publication, I-Suite is the industry standard.
  • Resource Status Cards (ICS 219), order a variety to create a realistic display for students (NFES 1344 to 1350).
    Optional: Blank sample Resource Status Cards are provided in the Student Workbook for the exercise in Unit 5A; however, instructors have the option to provide real Resource Status Cards if desired. If so, each student will need one each of:
    • Personnel (NFES 1347)
    • Engine (NFES 1345)
    • Crew (NFES 1344).
  • Resource Status Locator Rack (NFES 1352), one per course, used as a display.

Technical Considerations

All presentations should be downloaded and tested before the start of class to ensure compatibility with software.

PowerPoint presentations are built in an older version of Microsoft Office.  Some features may not work correctly with newer software or systems.  

For help, visit the Microsoft Office website or contact your local IT support personnel.

Course Evaluations

Use the NWCG Course Evaluation Feedback form to collect information critical to future training improvements.

Students and cadre members are asked to contribute course evaluations. Input is welcome on all aspects of the training course, including course content, pre-course work, reference materials, quality of instruction, delivery methods, and testing procedures.

Version 2006

Due to the discontinuation of the Fireline Handbook, PMS 410-1, and the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide, PMS 210, the following update is suggested for the S-248 Final Exam:

  • Question #5:  List at least three critical items included in a SCKN’s kit. (6 points).
    • Answer:  The Fireline Handbook, PMS 410-1, and the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide, PMS 210, can both be deleted from the answer key.  The instructor can come up with other answers, there are plenty to choose from.


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