National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Equipment Manager

EQPM decorative banner: photos depicting EQPM position.  EQPM Position Description: The Equipment Manager (EQPM) provides service, repair, and fuel for all apparatus and equipment; provides transportation and support vehicle services; and maintains records of equipment use and service provided.

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The Equipment Manager (EQPM) works in the Ground Support Unit on wildland fire incidents and is responsible for completing pre- and post-inspections of assigned vehicles and equipment, providing repair services, and maintaining documentation for inspections and services. The EQPM reports to the Ground Support Unit Leader (GSUL) 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 EQPM":

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

Jan 2023

Added: Logistic Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency for EQPM."

Apr 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 1984

Position created.


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