National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Assistant Area Commander, Planning

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The Assistant Area Commander, Planning (ACPC) is responsible for collecting, evaluating, managing, and disseminating information among multiple Incident Management Teams (IMT) in an assigned area or on single, large-scale incidents/events, based upon Area Command priorities and objectives. Area Command may be established when oversight direction is required to ensure that resource allocation conflicts do not arise among the IMTs. The ACPC reports to the Area Commander (ACDR) and works in the Planning functional area.

An Area Command organization is normally small with personnel assigned to the Command, Planning, and Logistics functions. Depending on the complexity of the interface between the incidents, specialists in other areas, such as aviation, hazardous materials, environment, and finance, may also be assigned to Area Command.

Area Command Aviation Coordinator (ACAC) Assistant Area Commander, Planning (ACPC) Assistant Area Commander, Logistics (ACLC) Area Commander (ACDR)

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


  • Incident Commander Complex (ICCI) and Operations Section Chief Complex (OSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency for ACPC."
  • Incident Commander Complex (ICCI) and Operations Section Chief Complex (OSCC) to "ACPC Maintains Currency for These Positions."

May 2022


  • Planning Section Chief Complex (PSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For ACPC".
  • Planning Section Chief Complex (PSCC) to "ACPC Maintains Currency For These Positions".

Jun 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2015

Removed: Assistant Area Commander, Logistics (ACLC) from "ACPC Maintains Currency for These Positions".

Oct 1999

Added: Required training S-620, Area Command (32 hrs).

Mar 1999

Position created.


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