S-620, Area Command, N/A

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Using classroom lecture and simulated incident, students will understand principles and concepts of Area Command, and understand the interaction of Area Command and other incident organizations, agencies, and political entities.


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

Target Group

Personnel in wildland fire agencies that will be available to participate on a national interagency Area Command team as an Area Commander (ACDR), Assistant Area Commander, Logistics (ACLC), Assistant Area Commander, Planning (ACPC), or Area Command Aviation Coordinator (ACAC).  


S-620 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training36
Total Hours36

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-620 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 qualified at the Type 1 level and have successfully completed S-520 or CIMC, except for the Area Command Aviation Coordinator who must complete the position task book prior to attending. Nominations must be submitted with a narrative statement giving a background of the person nominated. Include a description of the intended use of the skills developed as a result of attendance at S-620. For current course information, refer to the NAFRI website at https://www.nafri.gov.

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