S-491, Intermediate National Fire Danger Rating System

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Course Description

The course develops the knowledge and skill to operate, maintain and manage the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) at the local unit. Course lecture and exercises support practical and technical application of the intellectually complex subject matter. The course requires a computer classroom with Internet access to present.

Course Objective:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to operate, apply, and manage the National Fire Danger Rating System.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work8
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training36
Total Hours44

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-491 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:

Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN).

Course Recommended For:

The course lessons and exercises support training for dispatchers and others charged with editing and inputting weather information into WIMS used for NFDRS calculations, fire management staff who apply NFDRS outputs to decision-making, and fire behavior specialists who incorporate NFDRS products into assessments and projections.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Demonstrate at least intermediate skills with the current Windows™ operating system.
  • Successful completion of S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior.
  • Possess a valid Weather Information Management System (WIMS) and Wildland Fire Management Information system (WFMI) logon identification.
  • Current and comprehensive working knowledge of WIMS (the WIMS course is strongly recommended to attain this prerequisite knowledge).
  • Successfully complete the pre-selection assessment with a minimum passing score of 70% or higher.

Associated Position Task Books

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