National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Ground Support Unit Leader, GSUL

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Incident Positions
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  • Establishes safe and efficient layout of the unit to include fueling area, parking area, maintenance area, loading and unloading area for personnel and heavy equipment, ensures adequate space for expansion, and provides for shelter from elements.
  • Manages hazardous materials by ensuring environmental requirements for handling fuel are met, ensures proper shipping and handling of hazardous materials, ensures proper storage and disposal of petroleum products, and strives to keep special use petroleum products to a minimum.
  • Provides clear and concise communication to operators/contractors prior to each assignment regarding kind and duration of assignment, travel routes, communication procedures, and safety requirements.
  • Ensures that all regulations regarding driver/operator limitations are adhered to.
  • Collects and records information on rental, contract and agency equipment.
  • Obtains a briefing from supervisor, Logistics Section Chief.
  • Provides for the safety and welfare of assigned personnel to the incident.
  • Establishes and maintains positive internal and external interpersonal working relationships.
  • Maintains unit log.
  • Participates at logistics planning meetings.
  • Determines needs for unit and place the order.
  • Organizes and supervises unit.
  • Maintains an inventory of support and transportation vehicles (ICS 218).
  • Arranges for ground transportation of resources and supplies.
  • Conducts incident road system survey to determine traffic management and maintenance requirements.
  • Marks and corrects road system safety hazards and maintain incident roads.
  • Places signs for drop points, water sources, road junctions, etc.
  • Determines acceptable vehicle type and size class based on road standards and conditions.
  • Coordinates with PSC and FSC on the mobilization and demobilization of resources.
  • Provides for fuel, service, maintenance, and repairs for vehicles and other equipment.
  • Ensures driver requirements are met.
  • Completes pre and post use inspection of all equipment.
  • Prepares and implements a transportation plan.
  • Completes paperwork (shift tickets, time reports, fuels tickets, work orders, etc.) in a timely manner.
  • Demobilizes all incident equipment and unit personnel.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Good understanding of capabilities and limitations of different types of vehicles and equipment no different terrain.
  • Understanding of road maintenance.
  • Basic mechanical understanding of most types of vehicles and heavy equipment.
  • Qualified as Equipment Manager.
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