National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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). 

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Satisfactory performance as Helicopter Crewmember (HECM).

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-372 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 7.5
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 28-32
Total Hours 35.5-39.5

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

The lead instructor must be a qualified Helibase Manager (HEBM).

Unit instructors must be qualified as Helicopter Managers (HMGB).

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

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2000-03


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