Air Support Group Supervisor, ASGS
- 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:
- Helitorch site.
- Retardant operations.
- Water dipping or pumping sites.
- Medevac site (to meet ambulance).
- Very important person (VIP)/media site.
- 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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