Incident Commander Type 4*

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The Incident Commander (ICT4) is responsible for all incident activities.

The ICT4 is responsible for maintaining command and control of all incident activities. The ICT4 establishes incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and commands the incident.

Type 4 Fire Characteristics – Ad hoc organization managed by an ICT4. Primarily local resources used. ICS Command and general staff positions are not activated. Resources vary from a single resource to multiple resources to multiple resource task forces or strike teams. Incident is usually limited to one operational period. However, incidents may extend into multiple operational periods. Written Incident Action Plan is not required. A documented operational briefing will be completed for all incoming resources. May require a Published Decision in WFDSS or other decision support document. Delegation of Authority may be written or oral.

Mobilize and Perform Initial Position Duties

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Lead, Supervise, and Direct

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Accomplish ICT4 Objectives

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Communicate and Coordinate

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Manage Risk

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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

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