Human Resource Specialist

HRSP decorative banner: photos depicting HRSP position. HRSP Position Description: The Human Resource Specialist (HRSP) is responsible for monitoring civil rights and related human resource activities to ensure that appropriate practices are followed. Work is normally conducted in a Base Camp environment but may involve tours of the fireline, other Camps, and rest and recuperation (R&R) facilities.

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HRSP Incident Position Description

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The Human Resource Specialist (HRSP) is responsible for monitoring the work environment and related human resource activities to ensure that appropriate practices are followed. Work is normally conducted in a base camp environment but may involve tours of the fireline, spike camps, and rest and recuperation (R&R) facilities. The HRSP reports to the Incident Commander (IC) and works in the Command functional area.
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Prepare and Mobilize

  • Ensure individual readiness.
  • Gather critical information pertinent to the assignment.
  • Travel to and check in at assignment.
  • Check in with incident supervisor and/or dispatch when arriving at the incident.
  • Review Incident Action Plan (IAP) and obtain briefing, objectives, and intent from supervisor.
  • Obtain briefing from previous shift/assignment position as necessary.

Build the Team

  • Order additional HRSP if needed.
  • Assemble and validate readiness of assigned personnel and equipment.
  • Establish and communicate chain of command, reporting procedures, risk management processes, and radio frequency management.
  • Establish a common operating picture with supervisors and subordinates.
  • Participate in operational briefings as directed.
  • Brief assigned personnel.
  • Identify assigned resources and maintain accountability.
  • Establish and maintain positive interpersonal and interagency working relationships.

Lead, Supervise, Direct

  • Model leadership values and principles. Provide positive influence. Emphasize teamwork.
  • Establish and communicate objectives, priorities, work assignments, and performance expectations.
  • Identify, analyze, and use relevant situational information to make informed decisions and take appropriate actions.
  • Adjust actions based on changing information and evolving situation awareness. Develop and implement contingency plans. Communicate changing conditions to assigned resources and supervisor.
  • Ensure incident objectives and performance standards are met.
  • Monitor performance and provide immediate and regular feedback to assigned personnel.

Perform Human Resource Specialist-Specific Duties

  • Maintain current working knowledge of human resource practices regarding the scope of potential issues which may arise in a fire camp situation.
  • Maintain awareness of union and other potential regulations involving personnel issues.
  • Maintain professionalism and diplomacy as primary factors for successful performance.
  • Provide contact information to individuals for counseling resources as needed.
  • Interact and coordinate with all Command and General Staff (C&G) by informing them of inappropriate practices or activities and assist in resolving inappropriate acts or conditions by facilitating appropriate process.
  • Contact home units of individuals involved in inappropriate activities. Provide accurate and timely advice and assistance in response to requests for information or resolution of problems and issues.
  • Provide for the safety and welfare of assigned resources.
  • Monitor whether a positive working environment, supportive of cultural diversity, is maintained, and enhanced for all personnel.
  • Conduct awareness sessions as needed. Use civil rights or human resource videotapes when appropriate.

Communicate and Coordinate

  • Communicate effectively using multichannel radios. Prepare and program radios for assignment. Use plain language and Incident Command System (ICS) terminology.
  • Follow established processes and chain of command for collecting, producing, and distributing information.
  • Ensure clear understanding of expectations and timely communication within and across ICS functional areas and chain of command.
  • Establish communications and exchange necessary briefings/information with the following:
    • Support resources.
    • Adjacent resources.
    • Supervisor.
    • Other ICS functional areas.
  • Conduct and/or participate in After Action Reviews (AAR).
  • Assemble agency information for use in briefings, IAPs, answering requests, and resolving problems.
  • Conduct appropriate periodic briefings to keep cooperating agencies informed of problems, concerns, and issues.
  • Ensure oral and written human resources messages are consistent with relevant federal/local laws, regulations, and policies.

Manage Risk

  • Apply the Risk Management Process as stated in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461:
    • Identify Hazards.
    • Assess Hazards.
    • Develop Controls and Make Risk Decisions.
    • Implement Controls.
    • Supervise and Evaluate.
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of fatigue, illness, or injury. Mitigate appropriately.
  • Identify potential conflicts and resolve within the same operational period, if possible.


  • Complete, authorize, ensure timeliness of, and route as required: 
  • Complete contact information sheet for contacts involving civil rights or requiring fact-finding or conflict/problem resolution.
  • Provide appropriate documentation for the Incident Management Team (IMT) as well as home and host units.


  • Anticipate demobilization, identify excess resources, coordinate with operations to prepare demobilization schedule, and communicate with supervisor.
  • Plan for demobilization. Brief assigned resources on demobilization procedures and responsibilities. Ensure incident and agency demobilization procedures are followed.
  • Return equipment and supplies to appropriate unit.
  • Complete demobilization checkout process before being released from the incident.
  • Upon demobilization, report status to home unit including reassignment or estimated time of arrival (ETA) to home unit.
  • During transfer of command:
    • Ensure continuity of operations.
    • Exchange critical safety information.
    • Communicate transfer of authority through established chain of command.


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