S-481, Incident Business Advisor, 2014

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This course is designed to prepare students to become an Incident Business Advisor (INBA) resource for all hazard incidents. Topics include preparation for an assignment, interactions/activities, and relationship to cost objectives.


  • Describe the basic framework of the INBA position.
  • Understand the relationship between the Agency Administrator and the INBA.
  • Identify the individual skills and abilities needed to perform as a successful INBA.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Business Advisor (INBA).


S-481 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work1
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training20
Total Hours21

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-481 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Experience working with complex organizations such as Area Command, Multi-Agency Coordinating (MAC) Group, Unified Command, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),


  • Experience working with Incident Management Teams, interagency cooperators, and additional support organizations during incidents,


  • Satisfactory performance as a unit leader or Section Chief Type 1 or Type 2,


  • Working incident business management knowledge acquired through incident assignments or as a business leader on an agency unit.

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Associated Position Task Books

Incident Business Advisor (PMS 311-65)


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