National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-261, Applied Interagency Incident Business Management, 2014

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This is an instructor-led course designed for entry-level finance positions. The format is a mix of exercises, facilitated group discussions, and lecture supported by PowerPoint presentations. Students work directly from the NWCG Standards for Interagency Incident Business Management, PMS 902 for most of the exercises.

S-261, Applied Interagency Incident Business Management, is designed to be taken after completion of S-260, Interagency Incident Business Management.


At the successful completion of this course, students will describe roles and responsibilities, and demonstrate proficiency in the skills/knowledge required to perform the tasks of the following positions:

  • Equipment Time Recorder (EQTR)
  • Compensation for Injury Specialist (INJR)
  • Claims Specialist (CLMS)
  • Personnel Time Recorder (PTRC)

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as one or more of the financial positions: Equipment Time Recorder (EQTR), Compensation for Injury Specialist (INJR), Claims Specialist (CLMS), or Personnel Time Recorder (PTRC).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training


Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



S-261 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 16-20
Total Hours 16-20

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead instructor must be a qualified Finance/Administration Chief Type 2 (FSC2), an administrative officer, or an assistant with incident business management experience.

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Date(s):

  • 2007-12
  • 1999-03


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