National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Supply Unit Leader*

SPUL decorative banner: photos depicting SPUL position. SPUL Position Description: The Supply Unit Leader (SPUL) is responsible for ordering personnel, equipment, and supplies; receiving and storing all supplies for the incident; maintaining an inventory of supplies; and servicing nonexpendable supplies and equipment.

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The Supply Unit Leader (SPUL) is primarily responsible for ordering personnel, equipment, and supplies for wildland fire incidents. The SPUL is responsible for overseeing and supervising the ordering and receiving process and determining the right size inventory for the incident. The SPUL may supervise a Receiving and Distribution Manager (RCDM), an Ordering Manager (ORDM), or Camp Crews assisting in the Supply Area. The SPUL reports to the Logistics Section Chief (LSC) or the Support Branch Director (SUBD) 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 SPUL":

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

Deleted from "SPUL Maintains Currency For These Positions":

  • Support Branch Director (SUBD)

Jan 2023


  • Logistics Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For SPUL."
  • Logistics Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "SPUL Maintains Currency For These Positions."

Apr 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2019

Added: to Qualification Requirements:  Note: Once qualified as a SPUL, the LSC3 qualification may be granted by the certifying official. Certification must be documented on a ‚Äúverification/certification‚ÄĚ page of the LSC3 Position Task Book (311-35).

Oct 1984

Position created.


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