Air Support Group Supervisor, ASGS

Position Category: 
Incident Positions
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  • May also perform duties of Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD), especially on Type 2 incidents.
  • Gathers and identifies initial information:
    • Identifies the number and type of aircraft assigned, enroute, and available.
    • Determines fire size.
    • Identifies Agency Administrator objectives, and coordinate with the Resource Advisor and the Local Aviation Officer.
    • Strategy as it affects air operations.
    • Identifies fueling requirements.
    • Identifies military training routes (MTRs) and/or military operation areas (MOAs) near incident.
    • Determines need for retardant support.
    • Fixed wing permanent base.
    • Portable retardant plant at helibase or at an airport.
    • Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs).
  • Identifies existing organization/structure on incident:
    • Positions presently filled.
    • Qualified helibase, helispot, and airport managers, mixmasters, and other personnel.
    • Orders additional personnel if needed.
    • Personnel training needs.
  • Determines need for or validate TFR (91.137):
    • Initiates request through local dispatch, if not ordered.
    • Verifies location, size, and type.
    • Updates or recommend revision.
    • Releases if not needed.
  • Identifies business management contracts and agreements:
    • Identifies need for agreements if private land is used.
    • Provides for fiscal accountability by monitoring:
      • Daily cost for aircraft and equipment.
      • Water trucks, rental fuel tenders, and other rental equipment.
      • Portable airtanker bases and mobile retardant base.
  • Ensures compliance with agency and contract requirements:
    • Monitors pilot flight/duty hour limitations.
    • Implements work/rest guidelines.
    • Checks for accurate completion of helicopter load calculations.
    • Ensures power checks are performed and documented.
    • Carding procedures (aircraft, pilot, and helitack).
    • Hazardous materials regulations.
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements (flight crew and passengers).
    • Contract and rental provisions.
    • Accident/incident reporting procedures.
    • Flight invoice summary preparation and submissions.
    • Helicopter operations checklist.
  • Assists in the development of an Aviation Communications Plan to include:
    • VHF-AM air-to-air.
    • VHF-AM air-to-ground.
    • VHF-FM air-to-ground (traffic control).
    • VHF-FM air-to-ground (helibase deck management and logistics net).
    • Identifies frequencies and order as necessary.
  • Assists in development of medical plan:
    • Validates latitude and longitude to hospitals.
    • Radios frequencies of hospitals if appropriate.
    • Provides orientation and procedural briefing to medical, operations, aviation, and communications personnel.
    • Provides list of emergency medical technician (EMT) personnel available at helibases.
    • Provides list of medevac equipment available at helibases.
    • Identify primary medevac aircraft and crew.
  • Assists and/or requests safety review of air operations:
    • Crash rescue plan.
    • Medevac plan.
    • General safety briefing.
    • General operations.
    • Ensures briefing boards are complete.
    • Identifies evacuation plan.
  • Coordinates with local dispatch:
    • Provides for initial attack (air) if requested.
    • Obtains ETAs of aircraft, crews, and equipment.
    • Arranges for flight following of aircraft inbound and outbound from incident.
    • Obtains or develops flight hazard maps.
    • Inputs accident/incident reports for processing.
    • Checks on status of TFR (91.137).
    • Obtains MTR and MOA information and requests notification of scheduling authority.
    • Arranges for fuel.
    • Contacts fixed-base operator (FBO) for support.
    • Arranges for technical inspections of operation, aircraft, and flight crews.
    • Arranges for maintenance inspections to get aircraft back in service.
    • Discuses and obtains information concerning retardant:
      • Ordering retardant.
      • Gallons dropped per day.
      • Aircraft costs per day.
      • Aircraft availability per day (days off and maintenance).
  • Conducts s inspections and procedural reviews:
    • Helibase, air bases, and areas of operation.
    • Dust abatement procedures.
    • Carded and qualified personnel.
    • Fuel sites (grounding/bonding, fuel spill containment, etc.).
    • Inventory of equipment on hand (chase trucks).
  • Assists in development of Air Operations Plan:
    • Aircraft and crew availability and status.
    • Capabilities and limitations for logistical and tactical missions.
  • Identifies need for additional operational bases:
    • Helibases.
    • Helitorch site.
    • Retardant operations.
    • Water dipping or pumping sites.
    • Medevac site (to meet ambulance).
    • Very important person (VIP)/media site.
    • Helispots.
    • Airport space needs.
    • Mobilization area, initial attack personnel, paracargo, etc.
  • Facilitates debriefings/after action reviews (AARs):
    • Appraisal of capabilities.
    • Estimate of time frames for mission accomplishment.
    • Lessons learned.
  • Identifies aircraft, crews, and equipment for demobilization:
    • Time when surplus.
    • Arrange for closeout inspection of equipment.
    • Complete task books and performance evaluations, and discuss with subordinates.
  • Supports and manages helibase and helispots operations including: 1) fuel and other supplies, 2) maintenance and repair of helicopters, 3) retardant mixing and loading, 4) maintaining records of helicopter activity, and 5) providing enforcement of safety regulations.
  • Coordinates with finance section on rental agreements, daily cost, etc.
  • Coordinates with supply section on ordering/delivery of supplies, labeling cargo destinations.
  • Coordinates with ground support on water tenders/fuel tenders, other vehicle needs.
  • Arranges for security at operational areas.
  • Provides medevac information for incident.
  • Obtains support services for communications equipment.
  • Obtains/develops flight hazard maps.
  • Coordinates with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on obtaining portable towers and controllers.
  • Identifies helibases and helispots.
  • Identifies need for additional operational bases (dip sites, helispots, helibases, airport space needs, etc.).

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Qualified Helibase Manager Type 1 (HEB1).
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
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