National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Initial Attack Dispatcher

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The Initial Attack Dispatcher (IAPD) is responsible for mobilizing preplanned response resources to wildfires and other incidents. The IADP reports to the Dispatch Center Manager and works in the Dispatch functional area.

Expanded Dispatch Coordinator (CORD) Aircraft Dispatcher (ACDP) Expanded Dispatch Supervisory Dispatcher (EDSP) Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher (EDSD) Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC) Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP)

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 2022

Remove A-107, Aviation Policy and Regulations I Interagency Aviation Training as Required Training.

Oct 2021

Required Training


Remove: ICS-100, Introduction to ICS

These Positions Maintain Currency for IADP:  Add - Aircraft Dispatcher (ACDP)

Apr 2021

Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Jan 2006

Position created.

  • Current IADP trainees must meet the qualification requirements outlined in the PMS 310-1.
  • Read the complete 2021 IADP Transition Plan.


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