Strategic Operational Planner

SOPL decorative banner: photos depicting SOPL position. SOPL Position Description: The Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL) position is responsible for developing courses of action on long-term wildfire events. The courses of action for these wildfires may include both protection and resource benefit objectives. The SOPL may be ordered by and work for the host unit, the Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC), or the IMT assigned to the fire.

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Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2)Qualified As:SITL orRESL orPSC3 or*OSC2 or*LSC2 or*SOF2Required Training:ICS-400S-420 or L-481Fitness: N Incident Training Specialist (TNSP)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N InfraredInterpreter(IRIN)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:I-100IS-700Fitness: N Human Resource Specialist (HRSP)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700RT-340S-340Fitness: N Interagency Resource Representative (IARR)Qualified As:Agency EstablishedRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO)Qualified As:FFT2Required Training:RT-130S-290Fitness: M Display Processor (DPRO)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N Field Observer (FOBS)Qualified As:Any SRBRequired Training:RT-130Fitness: M Status/Check-In Recorder (SCKN)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN)Qualified As:FBANorFEMO + FIRBRequired Training:ICS-300IS-800RT-130S-390S-490S-491S-495S-590Fitness: M Demobilization Unit Leader (DMOB)Qualified As:RESLRequired Training:NoneFitness: N Situation Unit Leader (SITL)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-300IS-800RT-130Fitness: L Resources Unit Leader (RESL)Qualified As:SCKNRequired Training:ICS-200ICS-300IS-800Fitness: N Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN)Qualified As:DIVSRequired Training:RT-130S-490S-590Fitness: M Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL)Qualified As:RXB2 + DIVSRequired Training:RT-130S-482Fitness: M Planning Section Chief Type 3 (PSC3)Qualified As:None or SITL or RESL orICT3Required Training:ICS-100ICS-400IS-700Fitness: N Documentation Unit Leader (DOCL)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100ICS-200ICS-300IS-700IS-800Fitness: N

For information on how to interpret this chart, please review Position and Qualifications Chart Guidance.

SOPL Qualification Requirements,
2020

Required Training

  • Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR) (RT-130)
  • Strategic Operational Planning (S-482)

Required Experience

  • Satisfactory performance as a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)
  • AND Satisfactory performance as a Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS)
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL) Position Task Book (PMS 311-72)

Physical Fitness Level: Moderate

Duties involve fieldwork requiring complete control of all physical faculties and may include considerable walking over irregular ground, standing for long periods of time, lifting 25 to 50 pounds, climbing, bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching. Occasional demands may be required for moderately strenuous activities in emergencies over long periods. Individuals usually set their own work pace.

These Positions Maintain Currency For SOPL

  • Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS)
  • Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3)
  • Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN)
  • Operations Section Chief Type 3, Wildland Fire (OPS3)
  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1 (RXB1)
  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)

SOPL Maintains Currency For These Positions

  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1 (RXB1)
  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)

Other Training Which Supports Development Of Knowledge And Skills

  • Fire Program Management, an Overview (M-581)
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2019-10-18

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