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


  • 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). 


S-273 is available as a blended online training and classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Compete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online training4-6
Instructor-led training24-30
Total Hours28-36

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-273 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Successful completion of S-270, Basic Air Operations.

Course Level


Associated Position Task Books

Airtanker Base Manager/Fixed Wing Base Manager/Single Engine Airtanker Manager (PMS 311-61)


Functional Area: 
Air Operations
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