Strategic Operational Planner
The Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL) is responsible for developing the course of action on long-term wildfire events. The SOPL may be ordered by and work for the host unit, the Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC), or an Incident Management Team (IMT). The SOPL may work in the Planning, Operations, or Command functional areas, or separate from the IMT with the Agency Administrator (AA), Fire Management Officer (FMO), local fire management organization, or entity that orders the SOPL.
FUM1/2 position codes have been converted to one position titled Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL). This position has been moved to the Planning Section. Currently qualified FUM1/2 will be converted to SOPL. FUM1 trainee will be converted to SOPL. FUM2 trainee will be converted to SOPL trainee. Specific direction is in the transition plan which can be found on the NWCG Publication Management System (Qualifications) web site: