Resource advisor guide
Document Type: Report
Author(s): National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
Publication Year: 2017

Cataloging Information

  • disaster response
  • fire management
  • Incident Management Teams
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Record Last Modified: September 5, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24716


When disaster strikes, people pitch in to help the response effort. One of the key positions in this effort is the Resource Advisor (READ). They provide professional knowledge and expertise for the protection of natural, cultural, and special management areas. This guide will familiarize you with various aspects of Resource Advising and serve as a general reference aid for Resource Advisors (READs). Incidents and incident responses can impact natural, cultural, wilderness and other resources. READs work on small local responses or with Incident Management Teams (IMT) to develop practical strategies and tactics that meet agency administrator and incident objectives and to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts during and after these events. In short, the READ advocates for the resources. This guide addresses all types of incidents such as fire, search and rescue, law enforcement, natural disasters, etc. Although the basic tenets or functions of Resource Advising should be the same regardless of the nature of the incident, the roles and responsibilities of a READ are broad ranging and diverse-as are the incidents to which the READ may be called upon to respond. Even within an incident, the role of a READ may change as the response efforts change over time. The READ may perform the same duties during an incident that they perform in their regular job or they may be expected to assume the role of a generalist. Also, the READ may be called upon to provide input on resources outside of their area of expertise so they need to know how to seek information or advice.

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National Wildfire Coordinating Group. 2017. Resource advisor guide. PMS 317. Boise, ID: National Wildfire Coordinating Group. 117 p.