National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Food Unit Leader*

FDUL decorative banner: photos depicting FDUL position. FDUL Position Description: The Food Unit Leader (FDUL) is responsible for determining feeding requirements at all incident facilities and for menu planning, determining cooking facilities required, food preparation, serving, providing potable water, and general maintenance of the food service areas.

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The Food Unit Leader (FDUL) is responsible for determining feeding requirements at all wildland fire incident facilities including providing potable water, planning menus, and determining the required cooking facilities, food preparation, serving, and general maintenance of the food service areas. The FDUL may supervise Camp Crews and reports to the Logistics Section Chief (LSC) or Logistics Service Branch Director (SVBD) 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 "FDUL Maintains Currency For These Positions":

  • Service Branch Director (SVBD)

Apr 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 1999

Added: S-357, Food Unit Leader (32 hrs.) to Required Training.

Oct 1984

Position created.


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