Geospatial Subcommittee

The Geospatial Subcommittee (GSC) provides national leadership for the integration of geospatial information, technology, and systems into all phases of wildland fire management. This includes the development and promotion of standards and tools; trusted data to support wildland fire operations; training; the development of geospatial capability in the field; and providing geospatial expertise to other wildland fire lines of business. Primary objectives include:

  • Define, promote, and recommend the use of NWCG standards-based interagency datasets, both current and historic. Develop processes for combining agency datasets to build interagency datasets.
  • Develop requirements for centralized acquisition, storage, and delivery of trusted interagency geospatial datasets, including governance, quality control, access, and maintenance of included data.
  • Provide a platform for the development, revision, review and adoption of geospatial data standards to enable wildland fire geospatial data to achieve broad usage throughout the interagency community. Identify gaps in standards and propose solutions. Promote the use of interagency standards within wildland fire applications.
  • Identify common GIS training needs and resources, and plan or make recommendations for the development and presentation of training in cooperation with other groups, programs, or agencies in the wildland fire community.
  • Develop, publish, and maintain geospatial training courses, tools, standard operating procedures, guides, and job aids.
Cameron Tongier
NWCG Coordinator: 
Paul Schlobohm
Parent Committee: 



The Geospatial Training Unit (GTU) of the Geospatial Subcommittee is pleased to announce the launch of a new GIS Specialist Training Site.

The site is designed as a primary source of training and information for GIS Specialists and Trainees. The site covers topics like the new NWCG Event geodatabase standard, new workflows for using the Event GDB with ArcGIS Online and Collector, and how to use the National Incident Feature Service hosted by EGP to speed incident mapping. Lessons used in the S-341 class have been formatted as distance learning materials and made available through the site.



Highlights of the site include:

  • Creation of a new online GISS Introductory Class - prepares students for S-341 and is valuable for current GISS who are looking for additional information on the Event geodatabase and Event GDB workflows. The class is complete and ready for use by the GISS community.
  • Ongoing development of a GISS Intermediate Class by GTU and the CA Firescope. More to come in the spring.
  • ArcGIS Online and Collector training materials being added to the website to provide training for use of the NIFC ArcGIS Online Org for wildfire incident response.
  • Development of a 2018 GISS Info page that will work in conjunction with the Spring GISS webinar series to get information out to GISS and GISS-T about what to expect this fire season. Page includes a Frequently Asked Questions section of common issues.
  • A Tools page listing current extensions and add-ins to assist in common tasks.


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      Highlighted Events

      • Recording: 2018 Fire Season GIS Specialist (GISS) Webinar #1

        Watch the webinar at the bottom of the 2018 GISS Info Site

        Online (past)
        Wednesday, February 21, 2018