S-470, Air Operations Branch Director

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Course Description

This course is designed to meet the needs of the Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD) position. Topics include preparedness and mobilization, initial briefings and meetings, transition, preparing and organizing for an aviation operation, implementation of an aviation operation, management and oversight of an aviation operation, and demobilization.

Course Objective:

  • Perform the tasks required of an Air Operations Branch Director to mobilize and transition into an incident aviation environment, and be able to prepare for, manage, and oversee an aviation operation.

Course Delivery

Information not available at this time.

Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessment2
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training24
Total Hours26

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-470 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:

Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD).

Course Recommended For:

Personnel desiring to be qualified Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD). It is recommended students have completed ICS 400, Advanced ICS, and L-480, Organizational Leadership in the Fire Service.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS).

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Associated Position Task Books

Information not available at this time.

Functional Area: 
Air Operations
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2018-11-09

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