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S-390, Introduction to Fire Behavior Calculations (Pre-Course Work/Pre-Selection Assessment) 2006

This instructor-led course consists of pre-course work (est. 8-10 hrs.) and a pre-selection assessment (est. 2 hrs.).  Additional information about the course can be found in the Field Manager’s Course Guide (PMS 901-1).

  1. Complete the pre-course work. (Note: The URL on the last page of the tutorial entitled “S-390 Pre-Qualifying Test” links to the NFA Online website.)
  2. Print the Hellroaring map. You will use this map to answer questions on the test.
  3. Login to the NFA Online website to register.
  4. Search the NFA Course Catalog for the S-390 exam and add it to your To-Do List.
  5. Complete the pre-selection assessment. 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.
  7. Use the reference materials listed below to complete the pre-course work and pre-selection assessment.
Reference Materials: 

Basic Land Navigation (PMS 475)

(Note:  Listed below are Attachment references that are broken links in the pre-course work.  Use the following links for the course and exam.)
Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide
National Weather Service Local Office Contacts

(Note:  The following document is the current document replacing 410-1 in the Attachment references in the pre-course work.)
410-2 Fireline Handbook (Appendix B: Fire Behavior)