National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Receiving/Distribution Manager

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The Receiving and Distribution Manager (RCDM) is responsible for coordinating operations related to the Logistics Supply area at wildland fire incidents. RCDMs receive incoming deliveries, package and document shipments leaving the incident, maintain and report inventories, track accountable property, and initiate the delivery of supplies to incident personnel while maintaining a safe, secure, and functional supply storage area. The RCDM may supervise Camp Crews and works for the Supply Unit Leader (SPUL) or the Logistics Section Chief (LSC) and works in the Logistics 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 2024

Updated Positions Qualification Requirements as follows:

Deleted from "These Positions Maintain Currency For RCDM":

  • Service Branch Director (SVBD)
  • Support Branch Director (SUBD)

Jan 2023

Added: Logistics Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For RCDM."


Apr 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2016

Removed: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (ICS-200) from "Other Training Which Supports Development of Knowledge and Skills." 

Oct 2015

Added: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (ICS-200) to Required Training.
Added: Transition Plan:

  • All qualified individuals will remain qualified. Individuals will be granted ICS-200 in responder’s records.
  • All trainee RCDM will be required to complete ICS-200 prior to position qualification.

Oct 1984

Position created.


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