S-378, Aerial Supervision, 2009

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This course is designed to meet the training needs of an Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS), Helicopter Coordinator (HLCO), lead plane pilot, and Aerial Supervision Module (ASM) crewmember as outlined in the Interagency Aerial Supervision Guide (IASG), PMS 505. Topics include aerial supervision program introduction, aerial supervision roles and responsibilities, administration, training, certification, currency, policies, incident aircraft, suppressants and retardants, aerial supervision mission procedures, aerial firefighting strategy and tactics, incident aircraft operations, all-hazard incidents, and safety.


  • Describe procedures for safe and effective air traffic control over an incident.
  • Describe efficient procedures for utilization of aircraft to meet incident objectives.
  • Describe procedures for effective coordination between aviation and ground forces.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as aerial supervisor in Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS), Helicopter Coordinator (HLCO), lead plane, or Aerial Supervision Module (ASM) crewmember. 


S-378 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work3
Pre-selection assessment1
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training36-40
Total Hours40-44

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-378 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Students must meet the position prerequisites for their respective target group positions above.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


Functional Area: 
Air Operations
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