S-440, Planning Section Chief

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This course is designed to meet a portion of the training needs of the Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2). Topics include information gathering, strategies, meetings and briefings, Incident Action Plan (IAP), interactions, forms, documents, supplies, demobilization, and an optional technology section. In the final exercise, students observe a simulated planning meeting and use the information derived to find errors in an IAP. Students must pass the unit tests and the final exercise to successfully complete the course.


  • The student will display the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2).

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2). 


S-440 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work1
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training20
Total Hours21

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-440 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 any of the following: Resources Unit Leader (RESL), Situation Unit Leader (SITL), Planning Section Chief Type 3 (PSC3), Operations Section Chief Type 2 (OSC2), Safety Officer Type 2 (SOF2), or Logistics Section Chief Type 2 (LSC2). Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Associated Position Task Books

Planning Section Chief Type 2/Type 1 (PMS 311-23)


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