Overview. The National Interagency Incident Management System Wildland Fire Qualifications System Guide, PMS 310-1: ( thus referred to simply as NWCG 310-1)
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NWCG: establishes numerous basic wildland fire standards for all membership agencies
A few examples:
Incident Response Pocket Guide
Incident Business Management Handbook
310-1 Wildland Fire Qualifications System Guide
This includes the Position Task Book (PTB) Design and Use
310-1 & Taskbooks system started in 1993
There have been 8 revisions since 1993 (moving target)
310-1 establishes minimum position standards for:
USFS Fire & Aviation Qualification Guide (9 revisions since 1993)is based on 310-1, but has additional agency specific requirements.
(Anthony & Greg will address this issue)
USFS Fire & Aviation Qualification Guide
Chapter 2, pt 1:
“ The successful completion of a position task book during the appropriate number of evaluation assignments is the indicator of qualification.”
Performance based system. Individuals evaluated on demonstrated abilities related to the incident assigned to each time out.
Key Drivers on Limitations:
No focus from NWCG or USFS to train people on the PTB system.
Criteria to be a “good” PTB evaluator?
Criteria for “quality” assignments?
In effect for 20 yrs, people at all levels still confused.
All Risk direction has diluted specific fireline performance requirements
(TLFD has 48 tasks, 4 W & 3 W/RX = 14%)
Higher level positions need higher complexity incidents
Busy vs Slow season, Local/Regional/National
Availability to take assignments off forest