National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-440, Planning Section Chief, 2001

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Course Components:

TitleNFES NumberProduct DateTypeDistributionPrevious Edition
S-440 Instructor Guide
Instructor Guide
S-440 CD-ROM Course Materials
CD Rom
S-440 Trainee Workbook
Student Workbook


Both the Fireline Handbook, PMS 410-1, and the Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide, PMS 210, are now discontinued. Existing references to these documents will need to be removed from course materials and exams.  Any existing paper copies of exams are now outdated. Course Coordinators, Lead Instructors, or Unit Training Officers may request access to the final exam and answer key by emailing  All emailed requests must come from an official NWCG partner email address.

The following update is suggested for the S-440 Unit 7 Test:

  • Questions 2: List five reference documents or sample documents that the PSC should carry in the kit. (5 points).
    • Answer:  Fireline Handbook can be deleted from the answer key. 

The video ICS Incident Planning at Work (NFES 2042) is no longer available. In its place instructors should use the FEMA Planning P Video. It can be downloaded here:

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Planning Section Chief position. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here:

Applies to 2001 Version.


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