National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-271, Helicopter Crewmember, 2010

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This is a combined classroom/field course designed to provide student proficiency in all areas of the tactical and logistical use of helicopters to achieve efficiency and standardization. Topics include aviation safety, aircraft capabilities and limitations, aviation life support equipment, aviation mishap reporting, pre-flight checklist and briefing/debriefing, aviation transportation of hazardous materials, crash survival, helicopter operations, helicopter field exercise. Refer to the Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Guide for IAT A-course equivalencies:


  • Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate proficiency in all identified areas of helicopter use to safely achieve efficiency and standardization.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as a Helicopter Crewmember (HECM). 

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Fire personnel: Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).
  • Non-fire personnel: None.

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-271 is available as instructor-led (classroom) 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 24-26
Total Hours 24-26

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

The lead instructor must be a qualified Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB).

Unit instructors must be qualified as Helicopter Crewmember (HECM).

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

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2004-11
  • 1993-11



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