National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Aircraft Dispatcher

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The Aircraft Dispatcher (ACDP) is responsible for mobilizing aviation resources to wildfires and other incidents. The ACDP reports to the Dispatch Center Manager, floor supervisor, or desk lead, and works in the Dispatch functional area.

Expanded Dispatch Coordinator (CORD) Aircraft Dispatcher (ACDP) Expanded Dispatch Supervisory Dispatcher (EDSP) Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher (EDSD) Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC) Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP)

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

Oct 2021

Required Training:



  • ICS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

Required Experience:  

Added: Satisfactory performance as an Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP)
Removed: Satisfactory performance as an Expanded Dispatch Recorder (ERDC)

These Positions Maintain Currency for ACDP:

Added: Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP)
Removed: Aircraft Base Radio Operator (ABRO) , Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC

ACDP Maintains Currency for These Positions:

Added: Aircraft Base Radio Operator (ABRO), Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher (EDSD), Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP)

Apr 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Mar 1999

Position created.

  • Current ACDP trainees must meet the qualification requirements outlined in the PMS 310-1.
  • Read the complete 2021 ACDP Transition Plan.


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