S-341, GIS Specialist for Incident Management

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S-341, GIS Specialist for Incident Management does not teach basic ArcGIS (ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro) functionality or concepts. As a GIS Specialist, students must have expertise using ArcGIS technology and should come to the class already proficient at managing/editing geospatial data (geodatabases), spatial analysis, and map production using ArcGIS software. The online GISS Introductory Class, is used for pre-selection assessment.

The S-341 instructor-led training will allow students to apply instructional materials from the GISS Introductory Class in a simulated fire assignment. This simulated fire assignment will involve working with other students to edit data and create map products in a timed environment. The S-341 course goal is to prepare a GISS Trainee for GISS Trainee assignment(s), with the expectation of full GISS qualification. Candidates from all agencies interested and/or involved in wildland fire and all-hazard incident management are encouraged to apply.


Upon completing the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to respond to fire and allhazard incidents and perform the duties of a trainee GIS Specialist (GISS-T), including:

  • Edit and manage incident data in the standard Event Geodatabase and National Incident Feature Service, adhering to NWCG standard workflows.
  • Understand and apply concepts for the management of geospatial data on mobile devices (iOS, Android) and ArcGIS Online cloud environments.
  • Create standard maps within established timeframes.
  • Document, share, and archive incident data and products.
  • GIS Standard Operating Procedures on Incidents (GSTOP) implementation.
  • Assignment preparation and deployment.

Target Group

GIS specialists, GIS technicians, and cartographers with advanced GIS skills working in a Land or Resource Management environment that are interested in utilizing those skills for wildland fire or all-hazard incident management.


S-341 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work4
Pre-selection assessment40-60
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training28
Total Hours72-92

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-341 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Advanced skill level with ArcGIS (ArcMap 10.x) and at least an intermediate knowledge of ArcGIS Pro. Students must enter the class with a high degree of proficiency in the use of GIS, spatial data construction, editing, analysis and map production. Training certificates will be required for ArcGIS ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro.
  • Completion of the GISS Introductory Class, https://sites.google.com/a/firenet.gov/gisstraining/home/gissintroductoryclass with a score of 70% or better.
  • Available for GIS Specialist trainee (GISS-T) assignment within the following year. Availability includes supervisory approval and a personal commitment to support at least one incident.

Hardware and Software Requirements

An IT specialist, preferably an ITSS, must be available for the instructor-led classroom training session to assist with student hardware and software issues, and internet connectivity. Students must bring a laptop computer with single-use ArcGIS (ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro) standard or advanced (not basic) license installation. ArcGIS licensing information found here, https://sites.google.com/a/firenet.gov/gisstraining/home/2018gissinfo.

Administrative rights to load software must be allowed in laptop configuration.


The GTU and the Geographic Area Training Representatives (GATR) agree upon each course location. Course location is based on various factors including but not limited to varied GA distribution, total cost, qualified instructor availability, and local need for GISS Trainees. Travel expenses for Lead, Unit, and Adjunct instructors from out of the geographic area will be reimbursed from student tuition.

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

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