National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Situation Unit Leader

SITL decorative banner: photos depicting SITL position. SITL Position Description: The Situation Unit Leader (SITL) is responsible for collecting and organizing incident status and information and evaluating, analyzing, and displaying that information for use by ICS personnel and agency Dispatchers.

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SITL Qualification Requirements

Required Training

Required Experience

  • Completion and Certification of NWCG Situation Unit Leader (SITL) Position Task Book, PMS 311-24

Physical Fitness Level: Light

Duties mainly involve office-type work with occasional field activity characterized by light physical exertion requiring basic good health. Activities may include climbing stairs, standing, operating a vehicle, and long hours of work, as well as some bending, stooping, or light lifting. Individuals can usually govern the extent and pace of their physical activity.

These Positions Maintain Currency For SITL

  • Field Observer (FOBS)
  • Planning Section Chief Complex (PSCC)
  • Planning Section Chief Type 1 (PSC1)
  • Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2)
  • Planning Section Chief Type 3 (PSC3)

SITL Maintains Currency For These Positions

  • Display Processor (DPRO)
  • Planning Section Chief Complex (PSCC)
  • Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2)
  • Planning Section Chief Type 3 (PSC3)

Other Training Which Supports Development Of Knowledge And Skills


Once qualified as a SITL, the PSC3 qualification may be granted by the certifying official. Certification must be documented on a “verification/certification” page of the PSC3 PTB.

This is an inherently wildland fire position and has no endorsement. All-hazards Situation Unit Leader will need to meet the wildland fire position qualification requirements.

Alternative Pathways to NWCG Qualification




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