National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-470, Air Operations Branch Director, 2013

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Course Delivery Information

S-470 may be delivered as instructor-led (classroom) training.

Expectations of Instructors

  • Prepare thoroughly. Study the course content you are going to teach.
  • Establish a collaborative and constructive classroom environment.
  • Communicate expectations.
  • Encourage student engagement.
  • Respect student diversity in backgrounds, talent, experience, and learning style.
  • Professionally represent your instructor cadre, your home unit, and your agency.

Course Guidance

Course coordinators and instructors should be thoroughly familiar with the NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1.  The NWCG Standards for Course Delivery establishes standards for all aspects of NWCG training course management and delivery. These standards should be used in conjunction with the NWCG Standards for Wildland Fire Position Qualifications, PMS 310-1, and the course-specific guidance stated in the NWCG Training Catalog.

See S-470 minimum instructor qualifications

Recommended Class Size

This course is designed for a class size of 25 to 30 students, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1. Cadre instructors should be present for all instructional sessions. A minimum of 3 instructors should present this course - more if there is a field exercise.

Space and Classroom Requirements

The characteristics of the classroom and supportive facilities have a significant impact on the learning environment. The classroom should be chosen and viewed well in advance of the presentation.

Cadre Meetings

Conduct initial, pre-course, daily, and close-out instructor cadre meetings. These provide opportunities to plan, organize, preview materials, review training and exercises, and identify and address concerns and issues. Consider using an informal After Action Review process. Instructor cadre meetings are critical for instructors who do not have previous experience with the course.  Additional information is located in the NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1.

Course Materials

Technical Considerations

All presentations should be downloaded and tested before the start of class to ensure compatibility with software.

PowerPoint presentations are built in Microsoft Office 365.  Saving them in an earlier version of PowerPoint may prevent some features from working correctly.  Instructor notes are built into the presentation slides under Presenter Notes.

For help, visit the Microsoft Office website or contact your local IT support personnel.

Course Evaluations

Use the NWCG Course Evaluation Feedback form to collect information critical to future training improvements.

Students and cadre members are asked to contribute course evaluations. Input is welcome on all aspects of the training course, including course content, pre-course work, reference materials, quality of instruction, delivery methods, and testing procedures.

An error has been found in the S-470 Course Instructions. A sample “Nomination Letter” was included on pages 9 and 10 of the Instructor Guide and is not appropriate for this course; the pre-course work is not graded. The “Selection Letter” on page 11 references the incorrect position task book. Use this “Selection Letter” in its place.

Applies to 2013 Version

 

 

Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2022-12-21

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