S-355, Ground Support Unit Leader, 2000

S-355 Decorative banner: Three photos of wildland fire ground support. A sign on an incident point to where ground support is located. Firefighters clean and ready their fire engines for duty. Three large cargo trucks sit awaiting supplies at the national fire cache.

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This course is designed to prepare students to perform the duties of managing the transportation plan, maintenance and related services at an incident. Topics include gathering information about the assignment; organizing, staffing, and laying out the unit; field inspection of equipment; operation and coordination of the unit with other units, and demobilization.


  • Arrive at an incident properly equipped, gather information to assess the assignment and begin initial planning activities of a Ground Support Unit Leader (GSUL).
  • Plan, staff, and manage the ground support unit to meet the needs of the incident in a safe manner.
  • Coordinate with the logistics units and other sections to assist in accomplishing the overall objectives of the incident.
  • Demobilize the ground support unit.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Ground Support Unit Leader (GSUL).


S-355 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training16
Total Hours16

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-355 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as Equipment Manager (EQPM).

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


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