National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Helicopter Manager, Single Resource

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The Helicopter Manager, (HMGB), provides supervision and coordination of helicopter module operations. The HMGB supervises assigned crewmembers and reports to a Helibase Manager (HEBM), Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS), Incident Commander (IC), or other assigned supervisor. The HMGB works in the Air Operations functional area.


Operations Section Chief (OSC3) Operations Branch Director (OPBD) Structure Protection Specialist (STPS) Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS) Task Force Leader (TFLD) Crew Boss, Single Resource (CRWB) Heavy Equipment Boss, Single Resource (HEQB) Engine Boss, Single Resource (ENGB) Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB) Firing Boss, Single Resource (FIRB) Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB) Operations Section Chief (OSC2) Staging Area Manager (STAM) Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD) Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS) Helibase Manager (HEBM) Deck Coordinator (DECK) Aircraft Base Radio Operator (ABRO) Helicopter Crew Member (HECM) Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS) Helicopter Coordinator (HLCO) Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) Strike Team Leader Crew (STCR) Strike Team Leader Heavy Equipment (STEQ) Strike Team Leader Engine (STEN) Operations Section Chief (OSC1) Advanced Faller (FAL1) Intermediate Faller (FAL2) Basic Faller (FAL3) Fixed Wing Base Manager (FWBM) Airtanker Base Manager (ATBM) Fixed Wing Parking Tender (FWPT) Mixmaster (MXMS) Retardant Crew Member (RTCM) Single Engine Air Tanker Manager (SEMG) Aircraft Time Keeper (ATIM) Ramp Manager (RAMP) Operations Section Chief (OSCC) Crew Representative (CREP)

The Forest Service and Department of Interior are enabled by Administratively Determined Pay Plans (AD Pay Plans) to hire persons for temporary duration for the following reasons:

  1. To cope with a sudden and unexpected emergency caused by a fire, or extreme fire potential, flood, storm, or any other all-hazard emergency that threatens damage to federally protected property, has the potential to cause loss of life, serious injury, public health risk, or damage to natural or cultural resources unless brought under immediate control.
  2. To provide emergency assistance to States under formalized agreements.
  3. To meet mission assignments issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Business Committee (IBC) reviews positions annually and establishes pay rate classifications for each position.

For more information on the AD Pay Plans, go to

Jun 2022

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2019

Removed: Single Engine Airtanker Manager (SEMG) from "HMGB Maintains Currency for These Positions."

Oct 2018

Updated: Changed Helibase Manager Type 1 and Helibase Manager Type 2 to Helibase Manager (HEBM).

Oct 2012

Added: A-110, Aviation Transportation of Hazardous Materials training as a triennial requirement. Completion of A-110 is required prior to Position Task Book initiation. A-110 training is available at

May 2008

Position created.

The Helicopter Boss, Single Resource (HELB) and Helicopter Manager (HELM) positions have been combined and replaced by the position of Helicopter Manager, Single resource (HMGB). This position is included in the Single Resource Boss Position Task Book (311-13).


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