S-443, Infrared Interpreter for Incident Management

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Course Description

S-443 is typically offered once a year to provide students with the knowledge and skills required of an infrared interpreter (IRIN) as well as how and where the IRIN fits into the information flow of an incident. The students use infrared imagery from the Phoenix system to interpret and map the heat perimeter and heat concentrations, calculate acreage burned and produce summary products. Understanding of topographic map reading and basic fire behavior are preferred but not required. The course combines lecture/discussion and multiple exercises and there is a pass/fail final exam.

Course Objective:

Upon completion of this course the student will have the knowledge, skills, and resources to support wildland fire incidents as an IRIN trainee. This includes:

  • Understand capabilities and limitations of thermal infrared imagery.
  • Interpret Phoenix infrared imagery to map heat perimeters and heat concentrations accurately on a topographic base.
  • Produce GIS-ready shapefiles, kmz files, maps, and logs utilizing standard IR naming conventions for delivery to the incident.
  • Establish and maintain proper communications with the Situation Unit Leader (SITL) and others on an incident, dispatchers, IR pilots and technicians, and National and/or Regional IR coordinators.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessment4
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32
Total Hours36

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-443 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:

Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS)

Course Recommended For:

Federal, state, and local agency personnel with GIS skills interested in supporting wildland fire incidents. Candidates from all agencies involved in wildland fire management are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: Knowledge and skill in GIS is required for this course. Although some new functionality is presented, the student is expected to be comfortable working with, and creating products in, GIS.

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

The National Infrared Program Manager is responsible for selecting the cadre for the course, and will typically serve as lead instructor. All instructors will be fully qualified.

IRINs with substantial incident experience as IRINs. This course is not available through the Publications Management System; for more information contact the National Infrared Program Manager, Tom Mellin (tmellin@fs.fed.us).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Working knowledge of the current version of ArcGIS. The course is designed for those comfortable working with ArcMap.
  • Adept at working within the directory structures in Windows and in use of Windows Explorer file management and folder structures.

Associated Position Task Books

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2018-11-09

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