The recent huge technological development of unmanned aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can provide breakthrough means of fighting wildland fires. We propose an innovative forest firefighting system based on the use of a swarm of hundreds of UAVs able to generate...
There are a number of powerful aerial fire control techniques to support ground control operations when needed, although most fires do not require aerial assistance. Aircraft used in fire operations include air tankers, lead planes, infrared reconnaissance planes, and helicopters.
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Landowners across the country are constantly looking for ways to innovate and become more efficient in their everyday practices. Land managers who choose to practice prescribed fire are no different. Landowners know adequate equipment and personnel are...
With multiple agencies/entities, groups and task forces all working to find solutions for operational concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the need for a space to share information is apparent. This forum serves as a platform to ask questions...
Wildland fire incident management activities create an ideal environment for the transmission of infectious diseases: high-density living and working conditions, lack of access to and use of soap and sanitizers, and a transient workforce. These and...
The main idea is that, as the forests of the planet are getting smaller, too much wood is cut and the forests are made too slow, there are also large forest fires due to excessive heat, of people arguing with the law, or simply by chance. Extinguishing...
Communication disruptions are frequent in aerial firefighting. Information is more easily lost over multiple radio channels, busy with simultaneous conversations. Such a high bandwidth of information throughput creates mental overload. Further problems...
Wildfires erupt annually around the world causing serious loss of life and property damage. Despite the rapid progress of science and technology, there are no effective means to forecast wildfires. Various wildfire monitoring systems are deployed in...
Wildfires are becoming larger and more severe in different regions of the world as a result of climate change. A successful wildfire response requires a strong initial attack to extinguish the occurrence in a short time while it is of small dimensions...
The Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone) Resource Management Technologies - Fuel Load and Noxious Weeds Program can map, identify, treat, quantify and measure fuel loads and noxious weeds utilizing hyperspectral and LiDAR sensors combined with UAS (Drone)...
Wildfires are a dominant disturbance to boreal forests, and in North America, they typically cause widespread tree mortality. Forest fire burn severity is often measured at a plot scale using the Composite Burn Index (CBI), which was originally...
3 vacancies in the following locations:
- Folkston, GA
- Sudbury, MA
- Burbank, WA
Wildland Fire Suppression:
- Provides oversight during initial and extended attack fires, directs fireline activities and tactics of dispersed firefighters, resources, equipment, and aircraft.
- Provides for follow-up actions to safely and effectively manage wildland fires.
- Assigns missions to ground and aviation wildland fire suppression resources. Makes efficient and effective use of multiple types of interagency wildland fire suppression resources with varying capabilities. Ensures common communications for interagency resources. Monitors weather and fire behavior, and communicates changes to strategy and tactics. Transfers command to an upper level Incident Management Team as necessary.
- Provides protection for life, property and resources. Selects strategies and tactics to ensure safe operations for assigned resources. Recognizes potential hazardous situations and provides operational briefings. Initiates contacts with federal, state, and/or local law enforcement personnel as necessary to close roads, evacuate structures, and deal with the public.
- Coordinates with dispatch office regarding current fire behavior and fire conditions, release of resources, and other logistical considerations.
- Responsible for the development of incident objectives and strategies and tactics, to provide for safe operations and cost effective incident management.
- Conducts After Action Reviews and makes adjustments or implements corrective actions.
- Serves as the lead for local level preparedness reviews. May serve as a subject matter expert for State and national level preparedness reviews.
- Responsible for ensuring that required documentation is completed and submitted by subordinates. Conducts audits, reviews and approves fire reports completed by others. Initiates cost share agreements for payment of expenses associated with individual incidents.
- May manage national wildland fire support resources (e.g., lnteragency Hotshot Crews, aviation assets, or other types of specialized modules).
- Performs, and supervises employees in a variety of fire management positions such as: fire prevention, preparedness, detection, resource rehabilitation, mobilization, prescribed fire, aviation operations, and training programs.
- Ensures preparedness of wildland fire suppression equipment and personnel. Serves on preparedness review teams.
- Responsible for fire caches; maintains inventory and accountable property; positions equipment and personnel for the most efficient response; evaluates equipment and personnel needs; and develops and prioritizes equipment and personnel funding requests. May be responsible for subunit caches as appropriate.
- Conducts field reconnaissance of proposed prescribed burn units, makes recommendations on appropriate treatment techniques for meeting management objectives, drafts prescribed burn plans to meet those objectives and implements approved prescribed burn plans. Performs post-burn evaluation and completes documentation.
- Develops and revises interagency annual operating plans, annual budget requests, the fire management plan and operating procedures pertaining to preparedness, wildland fire suppression, and prescribed fire.
- Assists in wildland fire management planning, coordination and implementation including, but not limited to, fire assistance program coordination, interdisciplinary team participation, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other compliance document preparation, contracting, fire rehabilitation planning, and fire mitigation measures.
- Provides oversight and management for fire facilities within the zone/area. Assists in managing the budget for facility maintenance, supplies, and equipment. Requests long- and short-term funding for wildland fire facility maintenance and improvements.
- Coordinates wildland fire and aviation related training courses and serves as a lead instructor for 300-400 level courses at the local, regional and interagency levels. Coordinates wildland fire training needs for unit personnel and submits training nominations. Develops and delivers specific training for unique unit issues.
- May serve as the unit training officer.
- Responsible for hiring of seasonal employees, employee onboarding off boarding, and remedial HR actions.
- Reviews and approves fire reports. Conducts audits of reports entered by subordinates.
- May serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and may be responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and performance measures.
- May serve as the agency fire management representative at local cooperator meetings in the absence of the Fire Management Office or Assistant Fire Management Officer.
A Virtual Conference, for Real World Problems
Join the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) on a trip around the world through the lens of wildland fire. Across four days in May 2021, the IAWF will present real world risks and...
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The 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology in cooperation with Tall Timbers, will be held in the Florida Panhandle at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort,...
All invited, members and non-members - invite a colleague
This will not be your typical AGM - it will be informative AND fun! Join the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) to network with other members, learn more about IAWF...
Rescheduled from March due to COVID-19 concerns. IAFC is planning a new, virtual event format. This virtual experience will provide access to educational resources on timely issues and the insights you need to keep your community safe.
Join forest representatives from forests in Idaho and the northwest for a virtual event to learn about 2021 seasonal positions across the region. After an overview of each forest and open positions, including tips and tricks for the hiring/USAJobs...
Attend the 2020 Alaska Interagency Spring Operations Meeting Online
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Join the Association for Fire Ecology and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium for the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. The Congress will expand the ecological concept of pyrodiversity to explore interconnectedness among a...
The International Association of Wildland Fire is presenting this workshop in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regional Strategy Committees.
The theme for the 2019 Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group Interagency Fall Fire Review is "Transitions And What’s Next – Information Gathering Is Rapidly Changing, Are We Changing How We Plan For And Respond To Fires?"
The Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) uses the Incident Command System (ICS) to coordinate the weeklong Wildfire Academy. Under the ICS structure, the MNICS Incident Management Team (IMT) works closely with 2019 Minnesota Wildfire Academy...
The conference theme is "Fuels of Today - Fire Behavior of Tomorrow" Understanding Fire Behavior and Fuels for Sound Decision Making and Effective Management
This conference will provide government and nongovernment professionals at all levels a...
Sponsor: Southwest Fire Science Consortium
Presenters: Patrick Shin, Northern Arizona University and Jim Higgins, Drone Amplified
This webinar combines two expert views of...