S-430, Operations Section Chief, 2006

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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).


S-430 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training24
Total Hours24

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-430 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).

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


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