S-404, Safety Officer, 2013

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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 as outlined in the NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, and the position task book developed for the position.


  • 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.

Target Group

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.

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-404 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 2
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 28
Total Hours 30

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and unit instructors must be qualified as Safety Officer Type 2 (SOF2).

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

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2002-02


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