National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Resources Unit Leader*

RESL decorative banner: photos depicting RESL position. RESL Position Description: The Resources Unit Leader (RESL) is responsible for establishing all incident check-in activities; preparing and processing resource status information; preparing and maintaining displays, charts, and lists that reflect the current status and location of suppression resources, transportation, and support vehicles; and maintaining a master check-in list of resources assigned to the incident.

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The Resources Unit Leader (RESL) establishes all incident check-in activities including preparing and processing resource status information and maintaining a master list of resources assigned to the incident and their assignment at the incident. The RESL supervises the Status/Check-in Recorder (SCKN) and reports to the Planning Section Chief (PSC). The RESL works in the Planning 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 2023

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

May 2022

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

Dec 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2019

Added: to Qualification Requirements :  Note: Once qualified as a RESL, the PSC3 qualification may be granted by the certifying official. Certification must be documented on a ‚Äúverification/certification‚ÄĚ page of the PSC3 Position Task Book (PMS 311-55).

Oct 1993

Position created.


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