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Charcoal drawing of an incident management team morning briefing.  The caption on the drawing says: Fire season is getting hotter. Skilled people are retiring.  The climate is changing. How will the Incident Management Organization respond?

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Phase 3: Evolving Incident Management Implementation (Phase 3 documents)

In Phase 3, Task Teams for each of the eight SIP work units will be assembled to commence work on implementing the new Incident Management Organization. The transition process is expected to be phased in over a period of years. The target goal to complete implementation of the new Incident Management Organization is 2016. Additional information regarding Phase 3 will be forthcoming as it is developed.

Phase 2: Evolving Incident Management Strategic Implementation Planning (Phase 2 documents)

In February 2012, a Task Team was assembled to develop a Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) as part of Evolving Incident Management (EIM) Phase 2, with implementation to begin in Phase 3. The Task Team outlined the steps and sequence of events necessary to implement the recommendations in Section 1 and overarching principles developed by the IMOSP Task Team.

The NWCG Executive Board has accepted the final “EIM Phase 2: Strategic Implementation Plan Narrative Report” prepared by the EIM Phase 2 Task Team as well as the team’s organizing the 14 IMOSP recommendations and 11 Overarching Principles into eight work units as described in the report.

Phase 1: Incident Management Organization Succession Planning (Phase 1 documents)

Recognizing the need to update the incident management business model to reflect wildland fire management needs for today and into the future, NWCG initiated the Incident Management Organization Succession Planning (IMOSP) Project in January 2010. Maintaining a critical eye on our priority for safety, the primary goals of the IMOSP Project were to:

  • Create and implement a strategy to ensure that interagency wildfire staffing needs are met.
  • Increase efficiency in meeting wildfire-staffing needs.
  • Establish and maintain a qualified workforce to meet wildfire-staffing needs.

In December, 2011 the NWCG Executive Board Accepted the final Incident Management Organization Succession Planning (IMOSP) Project Team’s Report “Evolving Incident Management: A Recommendation for the Future.” They endorsed the IMOSP Project Team’s list of Overarching Principles and recognized there are many details yet to resolve. In addition, they adopted the organizational model recommended and described in “Section 1: Team Make-up and Management” (Page numbers 15 – 30) of the report.


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