National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Incident Commander Type 1*

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The Incident Commander Type 1 (ICT1) is responsible for all aspects of emergency response, including developing incident objectives, managing incident operations, setting priorities, defining the organization of the incident management team, and the overall Incident Action Plan (IAP). The ICT1 also has responsibility for ensuring incident safety and establishing and maintaining liaison with other agencies and stakeholders participating in the incident. The ICT1 supervises all Command and General Staff (C&G) positions and reports to the Agency Administrator (AA).

‚ÄčThe ICT1 performs position duties commensurate with Type 1 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

Feb 2023


  • Safety Officer Complex (SOFC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For ICT1."
  • Safety Officer Complex (SOFC) to "ICT1 Maintains Currency For These Positions."

May 2022

Added: Planning Section Chief Complex (PSCC) and Incident Commander Complex (ICCI) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For ICT1" and "ICT1 Maintains Currency For These Positions".

Nov 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2018

Added: Liaison Officer (LOFR) to "ICT1 Maintains Currency For These Positions".

Oct 2015

Removed: Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) from "ICT1 Maintains Currency for These Positions".

Added: Agency Representative (AREP) for "ICT1 Maintains Currency for These Positions".

Oct 1984

Position created.

Incident Commander (Multi-Branch), Incident Commander (Multi-Division) and Incident Commander (Multi-Leader) in 1984 PMS 310-1.


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