NWCG Systems Improvement

Improvement of NWCG systems components is an ongoing effort intended to support the core mission - enabling interoperable wildland fire operations among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners. Current improvement efforts include:

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  • Increase visibility of and access to NWCG materials.
  • Convert publications to web portals as appropriate.
  • Consolidate information and reduce redundancy and discrepancy across website.
  • Create and/or redesign position pages, training course catalog, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR) pages.


Firefighters walking up a hill with tools. Decorative.Learning Management System (LMS)

The NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Management System (LMS) Project is intended to identify and implement a single LMS application that improves wildland fire training capabilities such as:

  • Training nomination and registration.
  • Hosting and delivery of course content.
  • Content modularization.
  • Mobile device access.
  • Skills assessment.
  • Evaluation of training effectiveness.
  • Reporting and analytics.

Position Management

Wildland fire personnel are mobilized by position under the NIMS-ICS framework. Effective position management supports position performance by enabling access to accurate and current position-related information. Improvement efforts include:

Position Pages - https://www.nwcg.gov/positions

  • Provide the single authoritative source for:
    • Incident Position Descriptions
    • Position reference materials
    • Position qualification requirements
    • Position training and performance support materials

Incident Position Descriptions (IPDs)

  • Provide the single authoritative source for the essential duties and responsibilities for each NWCG position.
  • Ensure connection between the position and established operational standards.
  • Build consistency (organization, nomenclature, terminology) internal to each position and across the inventory of positions.
  • Prevent unnecessary duplication of duties across positions.
  • Help identify performance support needs such as job aids, training courses, and position task books.

Incident Position Description (IPD) Management

  • IPDs are derived from source documents that establish operational standards, best management practices, requirements, duties, and responsibilities. As these standards evolve, so should the IPD.
  • As with the source materials they are derived from, IPD management is assigned to a single NWCG committee/subgroup. The assigned committee/subgroup is responsible for collaborating with other committees that have a stake in the position. See incident position responsibilities.
  • Conflict and/or authority hierarchy between source documents may be identified as IPDs are developed and updated. The responsible committee/subgroup should address such issues.
  • System-wide standardization of concepts and nomenclature across all IPDs is the collective responsibility of:
    • Committees/subgroups with position management responsibilities.
    • Operations and Training Committee
    • Publications Manager
    • Training Development Program
  • Learn more about the IPD Development process.

Training Design Process

The training design process is intended to:

  • Systematically identify training and performance support needs for each incident position.
  • Identify areas across multiple positions where knowledge, skills, and abilities overlap.
  • Create position-specific plans that identify performance support needs such as job aids, amount and type of training, position task books, and other support materials.
  • Enable training and performance support content to be developed and/or revised at the same pace as evolving operational and position standards.

Position Task Books (PTBs)

NWCG Position Task Book improvement efforts are intended to:

  • Improve connectivity between established operational standards, the Incident Position Description, and the PTB.
  • Ensure that PTBs are effective training/evaluation tools.
  • Eliminate unnecessary roadblocks to qualification.
  • Accelerate revision cycles to respond to changes in position duties.
  • Remove unnecessary redundancy.
  • Combine PTBs where possible.

Training Liaisons

Training liaisons from the Training Development Program have been attached to those committees and subcommittees that have been assigned specific position responsibilities. These training liaisons facilitate and coordinate training-related information exchange between NWCG Coordinators, committees/subgroup and the NWCG Training Program.  View the list of training liaisons.

Your input is always valued; please provide constructive comments using our contact us page at:  https://www.nwcg.gov/contact

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