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Program Management Unit

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The Program Management Unit (PMU) helps to streamline NWCG processes and to improve coordination, communication, and governance between NWCG Committees/subgroups and the Executive Board toward the goal of promoting a safe and productive wildland fire workforce.

The Program Management Unit (PMU) provides the only full time staff for the NWCG.  The staff group includes a Program Manager, four (4) Branch Coordinators, one (1) Wildland Fire Architect and one (1) Administrative Assistant.  The PMU also has four (4) part time positions, a Communications Specialist, Web Manager, Web Assistant, and a Products Specialist.

 The PMU staff includes:

NWCG Manager – Paul Schlobohm (Acting)
Policy, Planning, and Management Branch Coordinator – Elaine Waterbury
Equipment and Technology Branch Coordinator – Paul Schlobohm
Preparedness Branch Coordinator – Tim Blake
Training Branch Coordinator – Deb Fleming.
Data Architect – Allen Deitz
Products Specialist - Cindy Wolf
Administrative Support Assistant – Krysta Shultz
Communications – Nikki Saleen
Web Manager – Tammy Denney
Web Assistant - Rhonda Noneman

Branch Coordinators support and advocate for the committees in their branch by providing coordination between the Executive Board and committees toward the development and implementation of wildland fire standards and policies. 

The architect group provides a long-term view of the full scope of wildland fire processes, systems, and technologies.

Each of the 14 NWCG committees falls under the scope of one of the four branches of the PMU:

Policy, Planning and Management;
Equipment and Technology;

The Policy, Planning and Management Branch focuses on interagency fire planning and policy implementation, fuels and smoke management, mitigation, and education.

The Equipment and Technology Branch focuses on aviation, firefighting equipment, information resource management, and predicting when and how fires will burn.

The Preparedness Branch focuses on incident business practices, managing occupational risks to firefighters, operations, training, and all hazard response.

Training Branch:

Focuses on interagency wildland fire training and leadership development.


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