S-520, Advanced Incident Management, N/A

S-520 Decorative banner: Four photos of wildland fire incident operations. Two people stand in a command tent at the end of a large table covered in maps. A finance section chief works on a laptop she stands over. A female firefighter holds a handheld radio as she looks down. A planning section chief sits behind a desk talking on a handheld radio.

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Using classroom lecture and simulated incidents, students will understand the role and function of a Type 1 Incident Management Team, the applicability of management principles to the incident management job, and the special considerations of incident management within geographic areas of the nation.

The Complex Incident Management Course (CIMC) was developed in conjunction with Advanced Incident Management, S-520. The two courses were co-developed around similar course and lesson objectives and content. For additional information on CIMC or S-520, go to the NAFRI website at https://www.nafri.gov.

Early Nomination Rationale: Early nomination has been requested to give those nominated the necessary mentoring and pre-work assignments for the course.


  • Given a simulated complex fire situation, students will effectively perform functional and team responsibilities. Individual performance must meet established criteria for successful completion of the course.

Target Group

Any person qualified to fill a national level interagency Type 1 Incident Management Team position as Incident Commander, Planning Section Chief, Operations Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, Finance Section Chief, Safety Officer, or Public Information Officer, or any person desiring to become certified in one of these positions at the Type 1 complexity level. 


S-520 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work20
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training40
Total Hours60

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-520 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Individuals must be functionally certified and qualified at the Type 2 level for the position they will be filling at the course. Nominations must be submitted with a current fire qualifications record and with a narrative statement giving a brief background of the person nominated. Include a description of the intended use of the skills developed as a result of attending S-520.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

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