S-359, Medical Unit Leader

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This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed to perform in the role of Medical Unit Leader (MEDL). Topics include gathering information, organizing the medical unit, supervising the unit, evaluation, documentation, and demobilization.


  • Plan, staff, and manage the medical unit.
  • Coordinate with other incident entities as necessary.
  • Respond to medical emergencies and transport patients.
  • Describe how to provide high quality patient care.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Medical Unit Leader (MEDL). 


S-359 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 training20
Total Hours20

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-359 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Current certification as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or equivalent.

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Associated Position Task Books

Facilities Unit Leader, Communications Unit Leader, Food Unit Leader, Ground Support Unit Leader, Medical Unit Leader, Supply Unit Leader (PMS 311-34)


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