S-357, Food Unit Leader, 2008

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This course is designed to meet the training needs of a Food Unit Leader (FDUL). Topics include information about the assignment, coordination, general information, safe food handling, national contract administration, alternate feeding methods, and demobilization. A significant portion of this course is devoted to examining the administration of the National Mobile Food Services Contract as it applies to the FDUL.


  • Arrive at incident properly equipped, gather information to assess the assignment, and begin initial planning activities of the food unit leader.
  • Staff and organize the food unit to meet the needs of the incident.
  • Coordinate with the logistics units and other sections to assist in accomplishing the overall objectives of the food unit.
  • Identify safe food handling practices.
  • Utilize the National Mobile Food Services Contract to ensure appetizing, well-balanced meals are provided to the government.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Food Unit Leader (FDUL). 


S-357 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work2
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training27-32
Total Hours29-34

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-357 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


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