Geospatial Information Systems Specialist Course

Geospatial Information Systems Specialist Course

Geospatial Information Systems Specialist Course

GIS Specialist for Incident Management Utilizing advanced GIS skills to support incidents

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 to Thursday, March 10, 2016
Redmond, OR, USA

National Wildland Fire TrainingNational Wildland Fire Training is offering GIS Specialist course, is designed to meet the training needs of a Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GISS) to manage the geospatial information needs of all risk incidents managed with the Incident Command System (ICS). The course combines lecture, discussion, and group exercises in on-line and classroom environments. The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is the most efficient method for documenting, analyzing, and managing information regarding the location of facilities, conditions, and environments affected by Wildfire, Storms, Floods, Earthquakes, and other incidents. Candidates from all agencies involved in all risk incident management are encouraged to apply.

This course is a wildland fire course for people already well-versed in GIS. It is not a course for people wanting to learn GIS. For additional information and locations of upcoming courses, refer to S-341 link at


During the course students will:

  • Describe the pre-season and pre-incident duties of the GIS Specialist and identify the equipment and data needs required for incident support.
  • Describe the dispatch and mobilization process and the procedures for incident check-in.
  • Demonstrate how to set up the GIS Specialist work area and organization to meet the needs of the incident management team.
  • Describe the incident planning cycle and the associated timeframes and product deadlines critical to GIS Specialist incident support.
  • Collect data, identify and use maps, orthoimagery, graphics, and other information to produce the required incident maps.
  • Discuss some examples of the more complex data analysis and manipulation commonly requested of a GIS Specialist.
  • Utilize the established file structure and naming conventions to store, archive, and document all GIS Specialist incident activities.


Upon completing the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to respond to fire and all-hazard incidents and perform the duties of a beginning GIS Specialist. This includes:

  • Identify the basic supplies and data they will need on the incident.
  • Create the basic maps required from the GIS Specialist on an incident within established timeframes.
  • Establish and utilize a file structure, naming convention, and documentation to manage and archive incident data.

Tuition: $400

Nominations Due: September 25, 2015

Where: Redmond, OR
When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 to Thursday, March 10, 2016

Please refer to for a complete description of the nomination process and to download the nomination form. All others please call the Geographic Area course coordinator for nomination submission process.

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