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:

photo of 2 firefighters climbing a hillWebsite

  • 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

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

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