National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-273, Single Engine Airtanker Manager, 2011

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This course was developed using a blended approach to learning. This course is designed to meet the training needs of a Single Engine Airtanker Manager (SEMG) as outlined in the NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, and the position task book developed for the position.

Students are required to complete five online modules and complete an assessment prior to coming to class. Refer to the Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Guide for IAT A-course equivalencies:


  • Perform the tasks required of a SEMG to mobilize and transition into an incident aviation environment.
  • Prepare for, manage, and oversee all phases of a single engine airtanker operation to support local unit and incident activities.
  • Evaluate the capabilities and organizational needs to implement a safe and efficient single engine airtanker operation to meet the requirements of the local unit and/or an Incident Action Plan, or both.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as a Single Engine Airtanker Manager (SEMG). 

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Successful completion of S-270, Basic Air Operations.

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-273 is available as a blended online training and 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 4-6
Instructor-led training 24-30
Total Hours 28-36

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and unit instructors must be qualified as Single Engine Airtanker Manager (SEMG).

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

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