Incident and Position Standards Committee

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Mission Statement:

The Incident and Position Standards Committee (IPSC) provides national leadership in the development of wildland fire incident management standards and incident position standards that all NWCG agencies utilize for national mobilization while maintaining a long term strategic perspective.

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  • Provide oversight and direction to ensure the consistent development, implementation and maintenance of incident management standards. These standards may include guidelines, procedures, processes, best practices, specifications, techniques, and methods.
  • Provide oversight and direction to ensure the consistent development, implementation and maintenance of incident position standards. These standards include incident position descriptions (duties and responsibilities) and position qualification requirements for training, experience, physical fitness, and position currency.
  • Coordinate with NIMSIC on wildland fire endorsements to NIMS NQS positions.
  • Establish, implement, maintain and communicate business processes and criteria to assist NWCG committees and subgroups in performing this work.
  • Collaborate with the NWCG committees, NWCG staff and other stakeholders to prioritize development and maintenance of incident management standards, incident position standards, publications, training materials, and other position performance support content.
  • Ensure position standards and requirements are consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Coordinate implementation of incident position standards with the Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS) and Incident Qualifications System (IQS) system managers.
  • Identify and address strategic opportunities for incident management and incident positions standards improvement, sustainability and efficiency.

Request for Change Form

Link to the Request for Change Form

The intent of a Request for Changes (RFC) is to ensure ideas and concepts from the field, committees, and subcommittees are provided a transparent process for discussion and decisions for all NWCG members.

Receiving a Request for Change

  • A request can be submitted from the field or a NWCG Committee. Requests coming from NWCG subgroups must be submitted through their parent committee.
  • All requests will be issued an IPSC RFC tracking number.
  • The requestor will receive an email identifying the RFC has been received and an IPSC representative will contact them within 30 days.
  • An IPSC representative will be assigned to each RFC.
    • If the request is from the field, it will be assigned to the corresponding agency representative on IPSC to ensure their agency supports the request before proceeding. If not supported the RFC will not move forward and the requestor will be notified by their agency representative.
    • The role of the IPSC representative is to work with the requestor to produce the elements for a RFC package.

RFC Package

  • A RFC Package will contain the following elements:
    • Description of the issue, proposal, possible solutions, and rationale.
    • Description of the interagency nature of the request.
    • Description of potential changes.
    • If the request is for a NWCG new position, as per the criteria in the PMS-310-1, Incident Position Descriptions and Position Qualifications should be included with the package.

The Review Process

  • The RFC package will be presented to the IPSC to evaluate for a formal acceptance of the RFC. This is not a decision to approve/accept the RFC, but only an agreement to review, evaluate and make a final decision on the request.
  • If accepted, IPSC will coordinate with NWCG committees, subcommittees, NWCG Training Program and/or others to review the request. If not accepted, the requestor will be notified.
  • The IPSC representative will facilitate any communication during the review process.

Final Decision

  • The IPSC representative is responsible for consolidating recommendations and/or alternatives into a final decision document for IPSC members to use in discussions with their agencies.
  • After IPSC representatives gather agency support/not support, a final decision will be made by IPSC.
  • The IPSC chair will send a formal final notification to the original requestor and IPSC members.

View the Request For Change form.

picture of firefighter walking through smokey forestTraining and Qualifications

Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS)

Incident Qualification System (IQS)

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

National Wildland Fire Training

NWCG Position Taskbooks

Agency Specific Position Taskbooks





Jim Shultz
NWCG Coordinator: 
Deb Fleming
Parent Committee: 
Meeting Schedule: 
Monthly on the second Wednesday
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