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S-390 Course - Nominations due by 9.29.23

There will be a S-390 Course offering in the Great Plains Dispatch Zone, as per FY23 needs analysis. This announcement will be posted on the Wildland Learning Portal as well. Nominations (attached) must be filled out completely and may be sent directly to me (

The nomination deadline is September 29th.  The form can be found at the bottom of the page.

There is no tuition for this course. 

These are the prerequisites to attend the course:

  • Taken S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior.
  • Qualified as any single resource boss.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.


Course Description and Cadre Intent: S-390 is in the process of being re-designed. This offering will contain revised material and will encourage students to provide feedback to inform the further development of the course. The course will focus on decision-making with the support of tools and knowledge available to RXB2, DIVS, and ICT3. Come prepared to work through scenarios, explore options, and make and communication decisions. The intent of the cadre is to help you build the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform in your future roles as an RXB2, DIVS, and ICT3. The goal is to minimize redundancy and maximize the application of this important content.

Course Dates: October 17th to October 20th. The class will take place from 0800 to 1700 each day and end at 1200 on the 20th.

Location: Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center Training Room, Rapid City SD

Pre-requisite Qualifications and Training:

  • S-290 – Intermediate Fire Behavior
  • Qualified as any single resource boss
  • Pre-selection assessment is NOT required – this has been replaced by the pre-work described below


S-290 Review: This course will require a firm grasp of the concepts in S-290. If you are accepted into the course, you will receive directions for accessing a program called “Ring-o-Rang” that will send review questions to your phone between October 9th and 16th. This will take 5 to 10 minutes a day. Participating in this program will:


  1. Refresh your knowledge of important concepts from S-290
  2. Help the 390 cadre identify gaps in knowledge
  3. Help the fire behavior curriculum development team test out this product.

Pre-work:  Either complete the following training and provide certificates to the course coordinator before October 17th or attend class on Monday, October 16th, from 0800 to 1700. The below training is available for you to self-enroll in on Create an account and search for the courses on the Find Learning>>Courses tab. Courses are self-paced, and you will receive a certificate of completion at the end, which you will submit in the S-390 course on the WFLP. The information in the pre-work will set you up to engage in more applied exercises during the course. These courses are required pre-work for RX-300 (new version of RX341/301). By completing them now, you will not have to complete them later.

  • Understanding and Selecting Fire Behavior Fuel Models – 2 to 3 hours
  • BehavePlus for Surface Fire – 4 to 5 hours
  • BehavePlus for Crown Fire – 1 to 2 hours
  • Recommended – IFTDSS Overview – 2 to 3 hours


Aaren Nellen
Forest Fire Training & Workforce Development Specialist

US Forest Service

Black Hills National Forest

Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands

office: 605-745-8213

cell: 605-515-3654

1801 Hwy 18 Bypass

Hot Springs, SD 57747

Caring for the land and serving people