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:
- 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.
- Establish a comprehensive catalog of publications and portals.
- Improve capability to identify and simultaneously revise interrelated materials.
- Develop publications template and style guide.
- Ensure that primary documents focus on NWCG standards and best practices.
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.
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
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.
Your input is always valued; please provide constructive comments using our contact us page at: https://www.nwcg.gov/contact