Fire Prevention Education Team Member

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The Fire Prevention Education Team Member (PETM) assists with developing and implementing a comprehensive fire prevention program on a district, region, state, or multi-state level to reduce human-caused wildfires. The program includes components of education, engineering, enforcement, and administration. The PETM reports to a Fire Prevention Education Team Leader (PETL) or Agency Administrator and works in the Prevention and Investigation functional area.

Safety Officer (SOF1/2, SOFR) Public Information Officer (PIO1/2, PIOF) Agency Representative (AREP) Liaison Officer (LOFR) INCIDENT COMMANDER (ICT1/2/3/4/5) Fire Prevention EducationTeam Leader (PETL) Fire Prevention EducationTeam Member (PETM) Wildland Fire InvestigationTeam Leader (INVL) Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF)

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

Jun 2021

Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Jan 2006

Position created.


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