National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Finance/Administration Section Chief Type 3*

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The Finance/Administration Section Chief, Type 3 (FSC3), is responsible for all financial, administrative, and cost analysis aspects of the incident. The FSC3 supervises members of the Finance/Administration Section and may perform all functions of various positions dependent upon incident complexity.  The FSC3 reports to the Incident Commander (IC).  The FSC3 works in the Finance/Administration functional area.

The FSC3 performs position duties commensurate with Type 3 incident complexity and characteristics stated in the Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book).

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 FSC3
  • Finance/Administration Section Chief Complex (FSCC) to FSC3 Maintains Currency For These Positions

Jan 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2019

Added: to Qualification Requirements:  Note: Once qualified as TIME, COST, or ICT3, the FSC3 qualification may be granted by the certifying official. Certification must be documented on a “verification/certification” page of the FSC3 Position Task Book (311-50).

Oct 2018

Added: Type 3 All-Hazard Incident Management Team (O-305) to "Other Training Which Supports Development of Knowledge and Skills".

Oct 2016

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

Oct 2015

Removed: Finance Section Chief Type 1 (FSC1) from "These Positions Maintain Currency for FSC3" and from "FSC3 Maintains Currency for These Positions".
Added: of the following language: FEMA PTBs are available on the NWCG website.

Oct 2014

Position created.

Type 3 Position standards are being introduced to provide an agreed to minimum standard for National Mobilization and to help develop local capability.  Currently the PSC3, LSC3, and FSC3 positions are utilized by FEMA and the Department of the Interior All Hazard qualification program.

NWCG recognizes the ability of cooperating agencies at the local level to jointly define and accept each other’s qualifications for initial attack, extended attack, large fire operations, and prescribed fire.

Position qualification pathways for the LSC3, PSC3, and FSC3 positions include both equivalency and position task book alternatives for position qualification.   FEMA position task books will be utilized for these positions and are available at


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