National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-430, Operations Section Chief, 2006

S-430 Decorative banner: Three photos of wildland fire operations. An operation section chief discusses information on a mobile tablet with two other firefighters. Two operations section chiefs review and write on maps spread out in front of them. A firefighter points to the distance giving instructions to another firefighter.

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This course is designed to meet the training needs of the Operations Section Chief Type 2 (OSC2). This course is designed to be interactive in nature and contains several exercises designed to facilitate group and classroom discussion.


  • Explain the four elements of planning critical to the OSC: information gathering, strategy meetings, preparation of the Incident Action Plan (ICS 215), and the OSC role in demobilization.
  • Discuss OSC supervision responsibilities that pertain to: operational period briefings, managing the operations section, risk assessment and safety management, and adjusting tactics. 
  • Describe the OSC role in external and internal coordination.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Operations Section Chief Type 2 (OSC2).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS).

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-430 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 24
Total Hours 24

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and Unit Instructor must be qualified as Operations Section Chief Type 2 (OSC2).

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


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