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 taskbook 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).


S-404 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work2
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training28
Total Hours30

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 for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


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