S-271, Helicopter Crewmember


This is a combined classroom/field course designed to provide student proficiency in all areas of the tactical and logistical use of helicopters to achieve efficiency and standardization. Topics include aviation safety, aircraft capabilities and limitations, aviation life support equipment, aviation mishap reporting, pre-flight checklist and briefing/debriefing, aviation transportation of hazardous materials, crash survival, helicopter operations, helicopter field exercise. Refer to the Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Guide for IAT A-course equivalencies: https://www.iat.gov/.

Helicopter Crewmember | Cost: $125

Classes will begin at 0800 (CT).

Classes are scheduled to end each day by 1700 (CT).

May 22nd - 24th | Individual Registration REGISTER


  • Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate proficiency in all identified areas of helicopter use to safely achieve efficiency and standardization.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

  • Pre-selection assessment N/A
  • Pre-course work N/A
  • Online training N/A
  • Instructor-led training 24-26
  • Total Hours 24-26

Target Group
Personnel desiring to be qualified as a Helicopter Crewmember (HECM).

Minimum Instructor Qualifications
Lead instructor must be a qualified Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB).
Unit instructors must be qualified as Helicopter Crewmember (HECM).
See NWCG Instructor Certification at the beginning of this Guide.

Course Prerequisites
Fire personnel: Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).
Non-fire personnel: None

Course Level