Resource Advisor: Managing Resources during Unplanned Ignitions
May 24 & 25, 2011 Jackson, WY
ICS Structure – where the READ fits in:
Pre-Work ICS-100, ICS-200?, FEMA training IS-700a, IS-800a
Incident Command System
Scalable and flexible (Type 1-5)
Built from the ground up (initial attack to large fire and back again)
Single common system, (DHS, FEMA, local/state/federal fire and all-hazard)
Incident Commander / IMT: Delegated authority from an Agency Administrator (Park
Superintendent, FS District Ranger or Forest Supv). As formal as a letter with identified AAR and
READ, re-delegated back when done
Command Staff - Safety, Info Officer (can have Asst’s)
General Staff - Section Chiefs - Ops, Logs, Plans, Fin/Admin, (can have deputies)
Resource Advisor/Agency Administrator Advisor
Unique position, work for the AA work closely with the IC and IMT members
Must cooperate fully with the IMT, communicate effectively with team members and
represent multiple disciplines from the home unit; even beyond your area of expertise,
may require addt’l staff specialists, designate a Lead READ?
IMT member duties
Represent the Agency Administrator, as they are not able to participate fully in incident
The incident management team is working collaboratively to meet the needs of a unit that is
overwhelmed with some sort of emergent incident all-risk flood, hurricane, wildland fire, etc.
Get ordered, check-in, keep track of time, complete documentation/log; general mobilization &
demob guidelines (travel, work/rest, camp, status…). Preferably you will be present for an IMT
in-brief from the AA and put directly in contact with key IMT personnel on day one.
Expect to have a formal schedule. Learn it and keep to timeframes (managed by the team’s
Planning section). Not opportunites to expound on detailed issues, these should be in
conversations prior to formal meetings/briefings. Your input is critical, just make sure it is the
right venue within the incident management process.
READ Guide Intro, p1
Contact with the AA and IC; the Planning Section Chief (Planning Ops, Strategic Operational
Planner), Operations Chief – Division Supv’s;
Logistics- Camp issues (locations, spike camp locations, recycling) (equipment aquatics,
weeds, cleaning around camp)
Safety – bear issues (food storage, bear spray, working in bear country)
Planning Section > Situation Unit houses much information about the incident
Your duty to the AA and the IMT is to “Help to implement the direction and standards that the
AA sets for the IC/IMT”
READ Roles and typical contacts on IMT
Participate fully with IMT and represent the AA. Do this by:
Attending Operational Briefing (contribute to briefing from the Incident Action Plan,
may include general message along with special instructions by function or geographic
area, could follow up at Division break-out briefings), usually first thing of the day 0600
Planning meetings – Plans/Ops formulate plan for next operational period (usually
assignment of resources ICS-215,
risk assessment ICS-215A,
drafting of division assignments ICS-204s,
Opportunity for your input in all of these phases:
Are the operational plans following the AA intent as described in the Delegation and /or
Leader’s Intent letter? Strategy and tactics appropriate given resource guidelines?
Are resources assigned based upon IMT direction –dozers, water handling etc.?
Are the division assignment special instructions adequate direction for the division’s
Site visits to fireline will help in ground truthing all of these. See following sections
Ongoing development of the long term management plan as the fire progresses. This may be
led by the unit/zone FMO, IC, Plans, Planning Ops and/or the Strategic Operational Planner. Be
familiar with the unit’s management plans (LRMP, FMP, others..) and NEPA/consultation
Rehabilitation plan: Maybe existing guidance in FMPs, but must be applied to the specific
incident conditions. For example all slopes greater than >30% will receive water bars. Need to
identify these to the IMT/home unit.
Draft rehab plan and ensure divisions and others keep adequate documentation of disturbed
areas and completed/incomplete rehab work
Long Term fires may be managed by multiple ICs, IMTs, (AA’s), and READs. A resource specialist
on their home unit may assist many times as a READ over a long duration fire – not just a 14 day
assignment. You may need to provide a bridge between transitioning incident organizations, or
be on call for when an incident ramps up in complexity again.
Should expect to have a full documentation package of your efforts, unit logs, narrative to
include significant accomplishments, incident specific plans, etc. to the final fire documentation
READ roles and typical contacts with line personnel
Need to ensure that the guidance given to the IMT is
1) being followed and that
2) it makes sense.
Can’t ensure that without site visits to fireline and other points of concern:
weed washing stations
hand and dozer constructed fireline
Travel around the incident and personal accountability: different for many assignments in that
you are not assigned to anyone in particular. Make your plans known, check in /out with
Visits to the fireline are limited to minimum needed to complete the mission and require pre-
requisite training and experience.
Must be accompanied by experienced operational person unless minimally qualified as
single resource boss (Engine Boss, Crew Boss, Firing Boss, etc.) and have met the annual
requirements for an arduous duty rating on your Incident Qualifications Card.
This needs to be coordinated ahead of time to ensure you can get where you need.
What does it take to get there? 4WD?
If escorted, who will go with you? Line Safety?
When visiting incident locations check in/out with the responsible party, on the line that would
be the Division Supervisor.
Where can you find out who that is? IAP
Best to catch after morning briefing and establish what your plan is.
Check on things related to your concerns, drafting sites, pictures, line construction, saw
standards, discovery of unknown sites of concern (T&ES critical nests /dens / habitat; cultural
resources uncovered during incident activities…). For constructed lines ask for assistance in
documentation with assigned line resources. Who?
Division resources, crew members?
Field Observers (work for who?) get spatial data
If not adequate you may need more help, other READs or Tech Specialists. Discuss
needs or potential orders with IC, Plans, AA.
May also be used to brief incoming resources form out of the area on “local” standards – weed
washing, sanitizing, bear safety, pepper spray. May need to work with supply to ensure
adequate stocks of spray are available. Who do you interface with?
Be familiar with the IAP and the Safety Message, work with the IMT Safety Officer to include resource
related content, when appropriate
When asking for data to be collected, consider the safety of personnel assigned that task. Is it a safe
assignment, can it wait until conditions are safer?
Know what is in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), carry it with you (pocket…)
Some helpful pages
P 98 line spike camp and concerns (food storage)
P100 MIST this is what the line personnel have as a basic reference. Do you mean
something else when you include a reference to MIST in the IAP?
P 102 fire chemical use
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations, 2011;
Fireline Handbook – March 2004; http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/pubs/large.html#FirelineHandbook
Incident Response Pocket Guide; http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/pubs/nfes1077/nfes1077.pdf
Intermediate ICS; I-300; http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/ICSResource/ICSResCntr_Training.htm
Incident Management Team SOPs
Grand Teton NP Fire Management Plan, App. E MIST Guidelines and Re=habilitation Standards