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S-203, Introduction to Incident Information (Pre-Course Work) 2008

This instructor-led course consists of pre-course work (est. 3 hrs.) which is an online exam.  Additional information about the course can be found in the Field Manager’s Course Guide (PMS 901-1).


1. Complete the FEMA independent study online course, ICS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System if you are not familiar with the Incident Command System.

  • ICS-100 describes the history, features, principles, purpose and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for ICS training.

2. Complete the S-110 Basic Wildland Fire Suppression Orientation, which consists of a 15 minute video, if you have never been to an incident or stayed in an incident camp.

  • This video provides essential information for individuals interested in wildland fire management and contains particularly useful information for non-fire management employees who are new to the world of wildland fire.
  • The video includes information on personal preparedness and responsibility, mobilization, incident procedures, proper clothing and equipment, and living conditions in wildland fire camps

3. Login to the NFA Online website and register in the NWCG Domain.

4. Search the NWCG Course Catalog for the S-203 Pre-Course Work Test and add it to your To-Do List.

5. Complete the S-203 Pre-Course Work Test. You must score 70% or higher to receive a certificate of completion.

6. Print and submit the certificate to the instructor or course coordinator, as directed.