National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Supply Unit Leader, SPUL

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Incident Positions
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  • Establishes layout of supply area to include space for ordering, tool sharpening, receiving and distribution, ensures adequate space for expansion, and provides shelter from the elements.
  • Ensures that internal and external ordering procedures have been implemented by the ORDM.
  • Identifies and develops lists of resources that will be needed in subsequent operational periods.
  • Maintains quantities of supplies and materials at a level to prevent a shortage of basic needed items.
  • Provides for resource order tracking.
  • Provides alternative use of supplies and equipment to Operations Section to assist them in suppression efforts.
  • Ensures efficient use of available transportation for backhaul of excess equipment/supplies.
  • Obtains a briefing from supervisor, the 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 requirements for supplies, materials and personnel needs for unit and place order.
  • Organizes and provides supervision for unit.
  • Processes all orders for personnel, equipment, and supplies for the incident.
  • Receives, stores, and distributes all supplies and equipment.
  • Maintains an inventory and accountability record for all supplies and equipment.
  • Services reusable equipment.
  • Develops security for the unit.
  • Demobilizes or transitions all supplies, equipment, and unit personnel.
  • Responsible for proper disposal of expendable supplies and hazardous waste.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Good understanding of national cache catalog.
  • Good understanding of where or how to get local supplies and equipment.
  • Qualified as ORDM and RCDM.
  • Knowledge of storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Sufficient knowledge of suppression operations techniques and tactics to ensure capability of meeting operations’ needs.


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