Infrared Interpreter, IRIN

Position Category: 
Incident Positions
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Functional Area: 
Coordination & Support
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This position is that of an infrared analyst who normally works in the Plans Section of the Incident Command System. Incumbents are employed when aerial infrared imagery is used.


  • Applies specialized skills to interpret imagery and post finding on aerial photos and maps. Makes independent decisions when analyzing infrared data.
  • Determines availability of infrared equipment and where it is based.
  • Obtains direct communications with infrared crew liaison.
  • Arranges for missions with the infrared crew liaison, including:
    • Objectives of each flight
    • Time of day to be flown
    • Number of flights per day
    • Incidents to fly
    • Areas needing particular attention
    • Where, how and when imagery should be delivered after missions
  • Works independently to develop incident progress mapping through GIS mapping resources, and delivers to the Planning Section on the incident at a prearranged time.
  • Independently resolves discrepancies of infrared data and mapping.
  • Keeps abreast of crew and aircraft flight limitations.
  • Keeps the plans organization currently advised of findings.
  • On complex or multiple incidents, the interpreter supervises 1-2 data and mapping THSPs. Trains, instructs, evaluates, and completes training documentation for trainee IRlNs.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Knowledge and skill to direct infrared mapping operations on assigned incident(s), work with incident commanders, Plans Section chief, and GIS Specialist to develop incident progress mapping.
  • Skill in infrared interpretation and GIS system through both formal and informal training and experience.
  • Successful completion of specialized regional and national interagency infrared training (ICS courses 200-400 level), other technical GIS training, and on the job experience.

Supervisory Controls

The supervisor makes assignments by defining objectives, priorities, and deadlines.

The incumbent independently plans the manner in which assignments are to be carried out, and handles problems and deviations in accordance with policies and accepted practices.

Completed work is usually evaluated for appropriateness, technical soundness and conformity to policy and requirements. Methods used by the incumbent are not usually reviewed in detail.


Guidelines are available, but may be limited and have gaps in specificity.

The incumbent uses judgment in determining appropriate actions to take by interpreting and adapting existing guidelines (e.g., agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions).


The work includes various duties involving different processes and methods.

Decisions as to what needs to be done depend upon an analysis of the subject or phase, and choosing the course of action from many alternatives. The work involves conditions and elements that must be identified and analyzed to discern interrelationships.

Scope and Effect

The work involves treating a wide variety of conventional problems, questions or situations in conformance with established criteria.

The work product often affects the success of incident operations.

Personal Contacts

Contacts are primarily with incident personnel and other agency incumbents and managers.

Purpose of Contacts

The purpose of contacts is to obtain, clarity, or advise on work efforts and to resolve operating problems.

Physical Demands

The work is primarily sedentary.

Work Environment

The work is typically performed in an adequately lighted, heated and ventilated office environment.

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