Technical Training


The mission of the NIICD Technical Training Branch is to promote excellence through training of incident communications, telecommunications and Pathways Intern Program personnel. 

The scope of the Branch of Technical Training is national and international in nature. Incident Communications Training provides federal, state, county and private personnel with progressive and coordinated incident communications training from the entry-level as a radio operator, through the final level as a communications duty officer. Priorities for training are based on direction from the NIFC Governing Board. 

Telecommunications Training provides journeyman technicians with quality up-to-date training in the latest equipment and technologies. 

Pathways Intern Program Training produces skilled entry-level telecommunications specialists and electronics technicians for the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and other federal land management agencies. 

Contact the Technical Training Branch 

Available Training 

2023 S-258 Communications Technician
Course is full, all spots have been reserved.
May 8-12, 2023
Class located in Boise, ID
Nomination deadline is March 31st, end of business.
Course Coordinator: Kirk Maskalick, 208-387-5861
Please contact the course coordinator with any questions.

Basic Radio Operation Training 

This training relates to National Incident Radio Support Cache (NIRSC) radio equipment and systems. 


Printable handout

Aviation P25 Radio Training 

Instructional material from the March 2008 Aviation P25 Radio Training sessions in Boise: 

Units 1 & 2 PowerPoint , Unit 3 (TiL) PowerPoint, Unit 4 (NAT) PowerPoint

Technisonic Radios  

Follow the links to Technisonic’s Training page for CDs, their Video page for programming videos or Technisonic’s YouTube page for more instructional videos.