National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Support Branch Director*

SUBD decorative banner: photos depicting SUBD position. SUBD Position Description: The Support Branch Director (SUBD) is responsible for developing and implementing logistics plans in support of the IAP. The Support Branch Director supervises the operations of the Supply, Facilities, and Ground Support Units.

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The Support Branch Director (SUBD) is responsible for managing, organizing, and supervising the support units in the Logistics section. The SUBD coordinates work assignments for Supply (SPUL), Facilities (FACL), and Ground Support (GSUL) Unit Leaders and assists the Logistics Section Chief (LSC) in managing section assignments and meeting incident objectives. The SUBD reports to the LSC and works in the Logistics 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


  • Logistics Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "These Positions Maintain Currency For SUBD."
  • Logistics Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "SUBD Maintains Currency For These Positions."

Apr 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2016

Removed: “*designates agency established position qualifications.”

Oct 1984

Position created.


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