S-440, Planning Section Chief

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Course Description

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.

Course Objective:

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

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessment1
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training20
Total Hours21

Course 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 or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

Planning Section Cheif Type 1(PSC1), Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2) if satisfactory performance as Operations Section Chief Type 1 (OSC1), Logistics Section Chief Type 1 (LSC1), Safety Officer Type 1 (SOF1).

Course Recommended For:

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

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.

Associated Position Task Books

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