GSC Documents

This section lists various documents useful for GIS Specialists and fire personnel. The documents are organized by theme in the accordion below.

Category: Instructional Documents

EGP overview webinar powerpoint slides
EGP webinar questions and answers log (June 18, 2014)
Title: EGP Q&A Log
Procedure for putting a GPS-Enabled GeoPDF on an iPhone/iPad
EGP training videos on YouTube
Loading Maps into Avenza PDF Maps
Moving PDF MAps from PC to iPads with Avenza PDF Maps
Loading Aviation Hazard Maps to your Mobile Device (FS-R5)
National Park Service writeup of PDF Maps for Smartphones and Tablets
How to use retardant avoidance maps for Garmin aviation users (USFS R3)
Instructions for using dynamic text in ArcMap

Category: GSTOP/GISS

2014 GSTOP File Naming Guide
This notice is directed to the Wildland Fire GIS Specialist (GISS) community and other users of the Fire Incident Mapping Tools (FIMT). The following information should be communicated through official agency channels as well as through broad interagency communications channels in order to reach FIMT users and GISSs in the widest audience possible.
Map request form examples
This document will serve as the first of three how‐to/step by step guides for the Event GDB GISS workflow.  This document will focus on the initial work in preparing and configuring data.
GISS Taskbook (PMS 311-77)
NWCG Taskbook for the Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GISS)
This document will serve as the second of three how-to/step by step guides for the Event GDB GISS workflow.  After the creation of the incident geodatabase, a GISS follows a general method of work steps to populate the GDB with point, line and polygon features.  Those steps include creating, editing, attributing, and doing analysis (e.g., calculate acres). 
This document will serve as the third of three how‐to/step by step guides for the Event GDB GISS workflow.  This document highlights working with layout template and legend and labeling tips.
Memo directing the removal of the MediVac symbol from existing templates. Replace with 'Unimproved Landing Area' (from the "Interagency Aviation Accident Prevention Bulletin" from June 2015).
GISS Evaluation Form
Fast plotting to HP 1055CM plotter using RTL files
About GIS Standard Operating Procedures
Title: About GSTOP
Instructions for configuring TCP/IP on the HP Designjet 1050c, 1050c Plus, 1055cm, or 1055cm Plus
Instructions for printing directly to an HP 1055CM Plotter
Using the tiling options for printing from ArcMap
Incident GPS Metadata Form (Field Log)
Quicktips for offsetting symbology for fireline and road overlaps
QR Code functionality for Wildland Fire Mapping
Directions for downloading FSPRO output data from WFDSS to ArcMap


COURSE DESCRIPTION: S-341, GIS Specialist for Incident Management course is designed to train and develop the competencies of the Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GISS) Incident Comman System (ICS) position. S-341 curriculum adheres to the standards in the NWCG GIS Standard Operating Procedures (GSTOP) publication. The course combines lecture/demo, discussion, and individual and group exercises in on-line and classroom environments. The S-341 course goal is to prepare a GISS Trainee for GISS Trainee assignment(s), with the expectation of full GISS qualification. Candidates from all agencies interested and/or involved in wildland fire and all-hazard incident management are encouraged to apply. S-341 training has three required components: 1) Pre-work Training Applicants with complete nominations will receive access to prework materials 4-6 weeks before the classroom session starts. Pre-work lessons consist of online presentations, reference materials, examinations and web meetings. Applicants passing (70% or better) the pre-work lessons will be invited to the classroom portion of the course. (self-paced Lessons with Unit completion deadlines) 2) Web Live Meeting Pre-classroom faculty and student webinar (1 hour) 3) Classroom Training (24 hours) Nominations Due: November 1, 2017 Note: Classroom session size is limited.
NWCG Geospatial Task Group's Geospatial Strategic Plan (2006)

Category: Standards

Approved Aviation Hazard Geospatial Data Layer Standards
Aviation Activity and Obstacle (Point, Line, Polygon) Geospatial Data Layer Standards
Aviation Hazards (GDB template) - definitions of the standard may be downloaded here. There is also a glossary and README document to supplement the template geodatabase.
Glossary terms related to Aviation Hazard/Obstacle and Activity Geospatial Data Standards
Aviation Hazard/Obstacle ReadMe on the known terminology discrepancy between the terms "obstacle", "obstruction", and "hazard".
NWCG Memorandum No. 15-008, June 25, 2015
This memo 1) provides a status report on the NWCG effort to standardize aviation hazard maps, and 2) solicits feedback on current products related to this effort. Please share this information with the appropriate people in your agencies. NWCG Memorandum No. 15-008, NWCG Aviation Hazard Mapping
A standard symbol style set in ArcGIS format, necessary fonts, and supporting information for use in building NWCG-standard Aviation Hazard Maps.
A Map Product Description Sheet that describes standard and optional map elements to build an NWCG-standard local unit Flight Hazard Map.
Standards-bases ArcGIS map template files (.mxd) to facilitate creation of NWCG-standard flight hazard maps.