S-273, Single Engine Airtanker Manager, 2011

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Course Delivery Information

S-273 may be delivered as instructor-led (classroom) training.

Expectations of Instructors

  • Prepare thoroughly. Study the course content you are going to teach.
  • Establish a collaborative and constructive classroom environment.
  • Communicate expectations.
  • Encourage student engagement.
  • Respect student diversity in backgrounds, talent, experience, and learning style.
  • Professionally represent your instructor cadre, your home unit, and your agency.

Course Guidance

Course coordinators and instructors should be thoroughly familiar with the NWCG course delivery information in these documents:

  • NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1:  Establishes the standards for delivery, instruction, and evaluation of NWCG training courses.  
  • Course Coordinator’s Guide, PMS 907: Provides administrative information to training specialists, course coordinators, lead instructors, and other managers who present training courses.  Provides general instructions for course planning, management, presentations, and classroom setup.  

Each course and unit includes an instructor guide. The guides contain information on instructional objectives, delivery methods, duration of instructional units, and required materials.

See S-273 minimum instructor qualifications

Recommended Class Size

Recommended class size is 20-24 students.  Instructors should maintain a 5:1 ratio of students to instructors/coaches to facilitate exercises and discussion and to enable strong mentorship to the students. 

Student Materials

Each student must be provided the following:

Additional Materials and Equipment Needed

These materials are needed above and beyond the usual items (pens, paper, flip charts, markers, etc.).

  • A computer with LCD projector, presentation software, and internet access (for instructors)
  • Flip chart, paper, and markers (1 per instructor and 1 per small group)

Technical Considerations

All presentations should be downloaded and tested before the start of class to ensure compatibility with software.

PowerPoint presentations are built in an older version of Microsoft Office.  Some features may not work correctly with newer software or systems.  

For help, visit the Microsoft Office website or contact your local IT support personnel.

Course Evaluations

Use the NWCG Course Evaluation Feedback form to collect information critical to future training improvements.

Students and cadre members are asked to contribute course evaluations. Input is welcome on all aspects of the training course, including course content, pre-course work, reference materials, quality of instruction, delivery methods, and testing procedures.

Instructor Cadre Meetings

Conduct initial, pre-course, daily, and close-out instructor cadre meetings. These provide opportunities to plan, organize, preview materials, review training and exercises, and identify and address concerns and issues. Consider using an informal After Action Review process. Instructor cadre meetings are critical for instructors who do not have previous experience with the course.  Additional information is located in the Course Coordinator's Guide, PMS 907.

This is an NWCG-certified course. View the NWCG certification statement for this course

This is a blended course (estimate 12-16 hours). Additional information about the course can be found on the Overview page.

Instructions for Online Component

The Pre-Course Work module and assessment are available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP).  Log on as a guest to search for this course or go directly to https://wildlandfirelearningportal.net/course/view.php?id=986.

Instructions for Instructor-Led Component

Refer to the course selection letter for the location, dates, and times of the instructor-led component of the course (estimate 24-30 hours). Assemble your kit and bring either hard copies or a USB device containing the materials. The kit should include guides, reference materials, and forms.

Information on kit items and references can be found in the NWCG Standards for Airtanker Base Operations – Appendices (docx); Appendix N, and Appendix O, at NWCG Standards for Airtanker Base Operations, PMS 508.

Specific planning documents for SEAT operations are also available on the National SEAT website. Kit materials and documents will be a part of your final grade.



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