Wildland Fire Investigator

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The Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF) is responsible for investigating wildland fires. The INVF may report to the Wildland Fire Investigation Team Leader (INTL - proposed position), the Incident Commander (IC), or their designee. The INVF works in the Prevention and Investigation functional area.

Safety Officer (SOF1/2, SOFR) Public Information Officer (PIO1/2, PIOF) Agency Representative (AREP) Liaison Officer (LOFR) INCIDENT COMMANDER (ICT1/2/3/4/5) Fire Prevention EducationTeam Leader (PETL) Fire Prevention EducationTeam Member (PETM) Wildland Fire InvestigationTeam Leader (INVL) Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF)

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 https://www.nwcg.gov/committees/incident-business-committee

Oct 2021

These Positions Maintain Currency for INVF

  • Add Wildland Fire Investigation Team Leader (INVL)

May 2021

Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Jun 2011

Updated Other Position Assignments that will Maintain Currency.

Jan 2006

Position created.


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