National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Single Engine Airtanker Manager

SEMG decorative banner: photos depicting SEMG position. SEMG Position Description: The Single Engine Airtanker Manager (SEMG) performs operational, contracting, and administrative duties associated with Single Engine Airtanker (SEAT) management. The SEMG reports to the Fixed-Wing Base Manager or, when assigned to an Incident Management Team, the Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS).

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The Single Engine Airtanker Manager provides oversight for all Singe Engine Airtanker (SEAT) base related activity. The SEMG supervises assigned SEAT base resources and reports to the Aviation Officer and/or the Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS) or other assigned supervisor such as an Airtanker Base Manager (ATBM). The SEMG works in the Air Operations functional area.

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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

Jul 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2018

Added: to Required Training:

a. FAA NOTAM System (A-103)
b. Automated Flight Following (A-115)
c. Basic Airspace (A-203)

Added: Satisfactory performance as Ramp Manager (RAMP) to Required Experience.

Added: Airtanker Base Manager (ATBM) and Fixed Wing Base Manager (FWBM) to "These Positions Maintain Currency for SEMG."

Added: Ramp Manager (RAMP), Fixed Wing Parking Tender (FWPT), and Aircraft Timekeeper (ATIM) to "SEMG Maintains Currency for These Positions."

Oct 2017

Removed: Air Tanker Base Manager (ATBM) and Fixed Wing Base Manager (FWBM) from "These Positions Maintain Currency for SEMG."

Jan 2006

Position created.


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