S-260 Interagency Incident Business Management, 2014

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Course Delivery Information

S-260 may be delivered as instructor-led (classroom) or self-directed (online) training.

NWCG training materials are being updated to reduce redundancy and conflict among overlapping documents.  Course-specific student workbooks will be replaced by standards-bearing NWCG publications - the documents that actually guide operations.  Instructor guidance will be integrated into PowerPoint presentations rather than located in separate documents.  Instructors may use the instructor guide file (exported from the PowerPoint presenter notes), view the notes in presentation mode, or export the notes into the desired format.

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 course delivery information in these documents:

  • NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1:  Establishes the standards for delivery, instruction, and evaluation of NWCG training courses.  
  • Course Coordinator’s Guide, PMS 907: Provides administrative information to training specialists, course coordinators, lead instructors, and other managers who present training courses.  Provides general instructions for course planning, management, presentations, and classroom setup.  

Each course and unit includes an instructor guide. The guides contain information on instructional objectives, delivery methods, duration of instructional units, and required materials.

See S-260 minimum instructor qualifications

Preparation for Instructor-Led Delivery Options

1. Instructor-Facilitated using the online course

Students will register for Online Delivery (below) to access the course material. The final exam is included in the online course. Be aware of the Workstation Requirements on that page and ensure that all computers that will be used in the class meet these requirements. It may be advisable to have students register for a NFA online account before arriving at class.

2. Instructor-Led using geographic area developed curriculum

All deliveries will meet the S-260 Course Learning Objectives. A handout of these objectives may be valuable for students.

Outlines from the Online Delivered course for each of the modules in the Course Learning Objectives are available on the Course Materials sub-page. It may be advisable for instructors to review the Online Delivery of these modules.

If Geographic Area cadre develop content that would be appropriate to include on this site, please contact blm_fa_nwcg_training@blm.gov for posting.

Recommended Class Size

There is no recommended class size for S-260.

Student Materials

There is no set standard for classroom material. Consider having the NWCG Standards for Interagency Incident Business Management, PMS 902, available for each student.

Technical Considerations

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

PowerPoint presentations are built in Microsoft Office 2016.  Saving them in an earlier version of PowerPoint may prevent some features from working correctly.  Instructor notes are built in to the presentation slides under Presenter Notes.

For help, visit the Microsoft Office website, https://support.office.com/en-us/powerpoint, 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.

Student Assessment

Exercises and Quizzes

Exercises and quizzes (called Knowledge Checks in the Online Delivery) are designed to demonstrate students’ ability to meet lesson objectives. They are not graded but should be discussed upon completion by the entire class.

Final Examination

  • Every delivery of S-260 will use the final exam questions from the online course.
  • Contact your course coordinator or email blm_fa_nwcg_training@blm.gov for access to the final exam and answer key.

Instructor 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 Course Coordinator's Guide, PMS 907

Self-Direct (Online) Delivery

This online course (estimate 16 hours) exposes students to human performance concepts as part of basic wildland firefighter training. The course is designed for entry-level operational personnel; however, this course also applies to all wildland fire service personnel, including non-operational personnel.  Additional information about the course can be found on the Overview page.

Instructions

  1. Complete the online course (instructions below). You will be directed to the National Fire Academy (NFA) Online website. You will need an NFA Online account to take this course; follow directions on the NFA Online website to obtain an account. Search for course title in the catalog and add the online course to your “To-Do-List.” The NFA Online learning management system will track your progress.
  2. Print the NWCG certificate of completion (instructions below). Keep the certificate as proof of successful completion of the course.

Note: Due to network and browser security updates designed to block Adobe Flash, the S-260 online course modules do not function correctly. We are working to resolve this technical issue. 

The current work around is to assign S-260(v7) to student's To-Do-List. A text version of the course has added for download; student can review the PDFs and take the exam The “Tutorial” module has been removed and the Exam is now available without forcing the modules to be completed. Some modules may work but do not track student progress.

Access

Please read Browser Requirements below to learn about compatible browsers.  Link to online training logon.

Attention All Students Taking NWCG Courses

You may be aware that many of the NWCG Courses (S190, S130, L180, etc.) on NFA Online Self Study are not working. We have learned that this is due to an update to ActiveX and the browsers/operating systems.

We apologize for the frustration this has caused all of you! We have been actively working on this issue since March 3rd. We have found a workaround using the CHROME Browser.

First before you begin, make sure you have the Adobe Flash Player installed and it is up to date. To download or update go to: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/   If your Flash Player needs updated, you MUST restart your computer before opening the browser.

If you have not already done so, please download the latest CHROME Browser and follow the configuration settings below.

Important Notes:

  • You must configure CHROME each time you launch the content. CHROME will not save these Flash Player configurations permanently. Sorry, we know it’s a pain but that’s the workaround for now.
  • If you have already tried CHROME but it didn’t work, please clear your cache and cookies before proceeding with these configuration changes!

Step 1

Log into your NFA/NWCG Online Self Study account using the CHROME browser and do the following:

Allow Site to Run Flash:

  1. Within CHROME, at the top right, click More then Settings.
  2. Under "Privacy and security," click Site Settings.
  3. Click Flash.
  4. At the top, turn off Block sites from running Flash (recommended). It should have "ASK FIRST" enabled now.

Step 2

Launch the course you want to take and from the Content Window do the following:

To Run Flash on a Website:

  1. To the left of the web address, click Lock or Info icon.
  2. In the new tab, to the right of "Flash," click the Down arrow icon then Allow.
  3. Click “Reload” to apply the Flash.

1. Confirm the installed Adobe Reader is the current version for the browser you are using:  https://get.adobe.com/reader/

2. To print the online course completion certificate, log into your NFA Online account.  From your Home Page select "View All" in the "Completed Work" pod.

3. Hover mouse over the title of the course, wait for pop-up and select "Print Certificate":

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2014 Version

The course was updated using the 2016 version of the Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook. That publication has been replaced by the 2018 NWCG Standards for Interagency Incident Business Management, PMS 902. Be aware that there may be some discrepancy between the new standards and this course. An update to the course is underway.

 

 

Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2020-03-31

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