S-620, Area Command, N/A

S-620 Decorative banner: Three photos of wildland fire operations. A firefighter talks to a supervisor standing at his open truck door. Three firefighters stand talking, two looking at one who is pointing in front of them to something in the distance. Two firefighters stand on top of a mountain lookout, a snag in front of them.

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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).  

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.

Session Offerings

This course is available for self-enrollment in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP).. Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.


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

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 36
Total Hours 36

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

This course is managed by a National Steering Committee.

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.


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