National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-340, Human Resource Specialist, 2011

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This course is designed to equip an individual with the technical skills and knowledge needed to fulfill the role of Human Resource Specialist (HRSP) on emergency incidents. The primary purpose of the HRSP is to assist the Incident Management Team in maintaining a harmonious and professional environment by facilitating the resolution of a wide range of human resource issues.


  • Monitor incident activities for violations of appropriate practices and or activities that could lead to violations.
  • Inform incident management that inappropriate practices or activities exist.
  • Maintain appropriate visibility.
  • Assist incident management by providing information on proper incident behavior.
  • Advise incident management/supervisors on proper actions to take to alleviate inappropriate practices.
  • Assist incident management in resolution of inappropriate acts or conditions by facilitating appropriate process.
  • Participate in daily Incident Management Team briefings.
  • Provide appropriate documentation of contacts made during the incident.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as a Human Resource Specialist (HRSP). 

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training


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-340 is available as 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 N/A
Instructor-led training 20
Total Hours 20

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

It is recommended the lead instructor be a geographic area Human Resource Specialists (HRSP) coordinator.

Lead and unit instructors must be qualified Human Resource Specialists (HRSP).

See course instructions for adjunct instructor recommendations.

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


Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2006-10


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