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: https://www.iat.gov/.


  • 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). 


S-271 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training24-26
Total Hours24-26

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-271 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

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

Course Level



Functional Area: 
Air Operations
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