National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Incident Commander Type 2*

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The Incident Commander Type 2 (ICT2) 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 ICT2 also has responsibility for ensuring incident safety and establishing and maintaining liaison with other agencies and stakeholders participating in the incident. The ICT2 supervises all Command and General Staff (C&G) positions and reports to the Agency Administrator (AA).

​The ICT2 performs position duties commensurate with Type 2 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

Removed: Required Training and Required Experience and replaced with "The qualification pathway for this position is discontinued per NWCG direction on January, 2023. Responders with an active PTB will transition to the corresponding complex position PTB."

Added: Planning Section Chief Complex (PSCC) to "ICT2 Maintains Currency For These Positions."

Dec 2022

Updated: Position Endorsement
The position for this endorsement is currently being evaluated to the new standards for Complex Incident Management, for current information regarding this change, please contact your NIMSIC representative.

May 2022

Added:  Planning Section Chief Complex (PSCC) and Incident Commander Complex (ICCI) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For ICT2".

Added: Incident Commander Complex (ICCI) to "ICT2 Maintains Currency For These Positions".

Nov 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2018

Added: Liaison Officer (LOFR) to "ICT2 Maintains Currency For These Positions".

Oct 2017

Added:  the following Required Experience:
Satisfactory performance as an Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3).
Satisfactory performance as a Safety Officer Type 2 (SOF2).
Completion and Certification of Position Task Book (311-01) as an Incident Commander Type 2 (ICT2) on a wildfire incident.

Added: Safety Officer Type 1 (SOF1) and Type 2 (SOF2) to "These Positions Maintain Currency for ICT2" and "ICT2 Maintains Currency For These Positions".

Oct 2015

Added: Agency Representative (AREP) to "ICT2 Maintains Currency for These Positions".

Oct 1999

Added: S-420, Command & General Staff (32 hrs) to Required Training.

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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