National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Ordering Manager

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The Ordering Manager (ORDM) is responsible for the ordering and tracking of resources on wildland fire incidents. The ORDM receives and processes order requests from incident personnel for Overhead, Equipment, Crews, and Supplies. The ORDM may work at an Incident Command Post (ICP), Expanded Dispatch, spike camp, extended site from ICP, or a virtual location. Depending on the size and complexity of the incident, ORDMs may be supervised by the Supply Unit Leader (SUPL), a lead ORDM, or the Logistics Section Chief (LSC) and works in the Logistics functional area.

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 ORDM":

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

Jan 2023

Added: Logistics Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For ORDM."

Apr 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2016

Removed: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents  (ICS-200) from "Other Training Which Supports Development of Knowledge and Skills."

Oct 2015

Added: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (ICS-200) to Required Training.
Transition Plan:

  • All qualified individuals will remain qualified. Individuals will be granted ICS-200 in responder’s records.
  • All trainee ORDM will be required to complete ICS-200 prior to position qualification.

Oct 1984

Position created.


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