S-378, Aerial Supervision

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Course Description

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.

Course Objective:

  • 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.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work1
Pre-selection assessment3
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training36-40
Total Hours40-44

Course 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 or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS), Helicopter Coordinator (HLCO).

Course Recommended For:

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.

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.

Associated Position Task Books

Information not available at this time.

Functional Area: 
Air Operations
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