National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Logistics Section Chief Type 3*

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The Logistics Section Chief Type 3 (LSC3) is responsible for managing, organizing, and supervising the Logistics section on wildland fire incidents. The LSC3 supervises the Communications (COML), Medical (MEDL), Food (FDUL), Supply (SPUL), Facilities (FACL), and Ground Support (GSUL) Unit Leaders when those positions are filled. When unit leader positions are not filled, the LSC3 performs tasks assigned to that unit as needed. The LSC3 reports to the Incident Commander (IC) and works in the Logistics functional area.

The LSC3 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 2024

Updated Positions Qualification Requirements as follows:

Deleted  from "These Positions Maintain Currency For LSC3" and from "LSC3 Maintains Currency For These Positions":

  • Service Branch Director (SVBD)
  • Support Branch Director (SUBD)


Jan 2023


  • Logistics Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For LSC3."
  • Logistics Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "LSC3 Maintains Currency For These Positions."

Apr 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2019

Added: to Qualification Requirements: Note: Once qualified as SPUL, FACL, GSUL, or ICT3, the LSC3 qualification may be granted by the certifying official. Certification must be documented on a “verification/certification” page of the LSC3 Position Task Book (311-35).

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: Logistics Section Chief Type 1 (LSC1) from the "LSC3 Maintains Currency for These Positions."
Added: Service Branch Director (SVBD) and Support Branch Director (SUBD) to "These Positions Maintains Currency for LSC3."
Added: 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 LSC3PSC3, 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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