S-371, Helibase Manager, 2007

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This course provides students with the skills necessary to perform as a Helibase Manager (HEBM) through facilitated discussions and group exercises. The final exercise is designed to give students a realistic Helibase Manager experience which prompts the student to communicate, resolve issues, and make decisions in support of an incident.


  • Perform the tasks required of a Helibase Manager to develop, organize, and manage a helibase in given simulations and exercises to support incident activities.

Target Group

All personnel desiring to be qualified as Helibase Manager (HEBM). 

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

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-371 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work  8-12
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 28-32
Total Hours 36-44

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and unit instructors must be a qualified Helibase Manager (HEBM).

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

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 1997-05


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