Operational briefings are critical to safe fire operations. To ensure a consistent and effective briefing, a standardized briefing checklist should always be used. The following checklist is printed on the cover of the NWCG Incident Response Pocket Guide:
- Fire name, location, map orientation, and other incidents in the area.
- Terrain influences.
- Fuel type and conditions.
- Fire weather (previous, current, and expected).
- Fire behavior (previous, current, and expected).
- Command (Incident Commander/immediate supervisor).
- Leader’s intent.
- Specific tactical assignments.
- Contingency plans.
- Communication Plan (tactical, command, air/ground frequencies, cell phone numbers, etc.).
- Medevac Plan.
- Other resources that may be working adjacent to you and those available to order.
- Aviation operations.
- Logistics (e.g., transportation, supplies, equipment).
- Identify known hazards and risks.
- Identify control measures to eliminate hazards and reduce risk.
- Identify trigger points for disengagement or reevaluation of operational plan.
Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
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