National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Liaison Officer*

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The Liaison Officer (LOFR) takes the lead and is the point of contact for assisting cooperating Agency Representatives, including Agency Representatives from other federal, state, municipal, local government, and non-government organizations, on wildland fire incidents. They may be assigned to Type 1, 2, or 3 incidents and can activate assistants as needed. The LOFR reports to the Incident Commander (IC) or Deputy Incident Commander and works in the Command functional area.

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

Jan 2023

Added: Incident Commander Complex (ICCI) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For LOFR."

Nov 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2018

Added: Incident Commander Type 1 (ICT1) and Incident Commander Type 2 (ICT2) to These Positions Maintain Currency for LOFR.

Oct 2017

Added: Liaison Officer (E/L956) to Other Training Which Supports Development of Knowledge and Skills.

Jun 2011

Updated: Required Experience and removed from the list of Positions without NWCG Position Task Books.

Jun 2010

Added: Position Task Book requirement per NWCG Memorandum 10-022.

Oct 1984

Position created.


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