National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Compensation/Claims Unit Leader*

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The Compensation/Claims Unit Leader (COMP) is responsible for the overall management and direction of all administrative matters pertaining to compensation-for-injury and claims-related activities related to an incident. The COMP is responsible for supervising other areas within the unit when activated and reports to the Finance Section Chief (FSC). The COMP works in the Finance/Administration 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


  • Finance/Administration Section Chief Complex (FSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency for COMP."
  • Finance/Administration Section Chief Complex (FSCC) to "COMP Maintains Currency for These Positions."


  • Claims Specialist (CLMS) and Compensation-for-Injury Specialist (INJR) from "These Positions Maintain Currency for COMP."
  • Claims Specialist (CLMS) and Compensation-for-Injury Specialist (INJR) from "COMP Maintains Currency for These Positions."

Jan 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2019

Added: To Required Experience: Note: Once qualified as a COMP, the CLMS and INJR qualifications may be granted by the certifying official. Certification must be documented. 

Nov 2016

Added: Introduction to ICS (ICS-100) and NIMS — An Introduction (IS-700) to Required Training.

Satisfactory performance as a Compensation-for Injury Specialist (INJR) from Required Experience.
Satisfactory performance as a Claims Specialist (CLMS) from Required Experience.

Added: Completion and Certification of Position Task Book (311-47) as a Compensation/Claims Unit Leader (COMP)* to Required Experience.

Added: The following language: *Certification as COMP will allow certification as CLMS and INJR.

Oct 1984

Position created.


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