S-372, Helicopter Management, 2009

S-372 Decorative banner: Four photo of wildland fire helicopter operations. A firefighter radios as a helicopter overhead drops retardant on burning timber. Two helitack crew ready packs and equipment to be placed on helicopter. Three firefighters stand on the top of a mountain watching as a helicopter prepares to land to transport them. Five firefighters listen to pilot before boarding helicopter.

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This course prepares students to perform the job of Helicopter Manager (HMGB). Unit lectures supported by PowerPoint slides and graphics are designed to facilitate class discussion and group exercises. The final exercise gives students a realistic Helicopter Manager experience; in addition to answering test questions, the student completes necessary forms required by the position.


  • Perform the tasks required of a Helicopter Manager (HMGB) trainee. Through simulation and exercises, students obtain the skill to competently and safely manage a helicopter to support incident and project helicopter operations.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Helicopter Manager (HMGB). 


S-372 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work7.5
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training28-32
Total Hours35.5-39.5

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-372 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Satisfactory performance as Helicopter Crewmember (HECM).

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


Functional Area: 
Air Operations
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