S-404, Safety Officer

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Course Description

This course is designed to meet the training needs of a Safety Officer Type 1 (SOF1), Safety Officer Type 2 (SOF2), and Line Safety Officer (SOFR) on an incident.

Course Objective:

  • Arrive at the incident, properly equipped, and gather information to assess the assignment and begin initial planning activities of a Safety Officer.
  • Identify, prioritize, and mitigate hazards and risks on the incident.
  • Plan, staff, and manage the incident safety action plan to meet the needs of the incident.
  • Coordinate and plan with the Command and General Staff to assist in safely accomplishing the overall incident objectives.
  • Ensure that the preparation of special reports for the final incident package and incident closeout with agency administrator is completed.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessment2
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training28
Total Hours30

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-404 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:


Course Recommended For:

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Safety Officer Type 2 (SOF2), Safety Officer Type 1 (SOF1) and Line Safety Officer (SOFR).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS).

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Associated Position Task Books

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