National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Planning Section Chief Type 3, PSC3

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Incident Positions
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  • Collects and identifies current and potential problems/concerns, and processes situation information about the incident. Monitors incident status and develops alternative strategies.
  • Supervises or accomplishes preparation of the IAP. Obtains elements from other appropriate sections within established time frames, which includes but not limited to Wildland Fire Decision Support System, contingency plans, operation period briefing.
  • Incorporate the supporting plans from other sections into the IAP.
  • Establishes information requirements, supervises section, and reporting schedules for Planning Section units.
  • Determines need for any specialized resources in support of the incident.
  • Establish special information collection activities as necessary, e.g. weather, environmental, toxics, etc. Coordinates incident rehabilitation needs, e.g. Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation Team.
  • Provides periodic productions on incident potential. Identifies or reaffirms incident objectives, implements, describes and utilizes necessary agency policy, legal and fiscal constraints, and political considerations to be used in the planning meeting to review adequacy of strategic plans (WFDSS and IAP).
  • Reports any significant changes in status information, providing accurate, adequate and current situation and resource status information with accurate maps.
  • Ensures that the Operations Section Chief identifies incident control lines, values to be protected, division boundaries, drop points; and prioritizes divisions in the event the choices must be made in allocating scarce resources, on maps visible to all attendees.
  • Coordinates with all sections to assure the plan as proposed can be implemented and supported by available resources and reconcile any differences.
  • Oversees preparation and implementation of the Incident Demobilization Plan.
  • Ensures all incident reports and narratives are completed, and debriefs Agency Administrator upon completion of Demobilization.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Interpersonal skill to communicate, verbally and in writing with members of the planning section and other incident section chiefs.
  • ICS-400, Advanced ICS.
  • Satisfactory performance as a SITL or RESL or ICT3 on a wildland fire incident.


  • Completion and Certification of position Task Book (PTB) as a Planning Section Chief Type 3 (PSC3) (All Hazard).


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