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).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as Equipment Manager (EQPM).

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-355 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 16
Total Hours 16

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and unit instructors must be qualified as Ground Support Unit Leader (GSUL).

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


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