National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-300, Extended Attack Incident Commander, 2008

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This course is designed to meet the training needs of the Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3). The focus is on the lessons of leadership and command as they relate to the ICT3 position. It is presented in participative lecture format with multiple tactical decision games for students to practice new knowledge. The seven instructional units cover Foundation Skills, Situational Awareness, Command and Control, Managing the Incident, Transitional Activities, Post-Fire Activities and a Final Simulation. There is also an optional Staff Ride Activity (Unit 8) if instructors choose to include it.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of Command as it relates to the ICT3.
  • Demonstrate effective foundation skills (leadership, risk management, and communications) at the ICT3 level.
  • Develop situational awareness of incident environment.
  • Demonstrate effective command and control over a quickly assembled team in a time constrained and rapidly changing incident environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage an incident.
  • Conduct post-fire activities.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3). 

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) and Task Force Leader (TFLD).


  • Qualified as ICT4 and Strike Team Leader and any two single resource boss positions – one must be Crew (CRWB) or Engine (ENGB).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

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-300 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 6-8
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 16
Total Hours 22-24

Course Level

Regional, state or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and Unit instructors must be qualified Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS).

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


Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 1997-02
  • 1986-03


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