National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Service Branch Director*

SVBD decorative banner: photos depicting SVBD position. SVBD Position Description: The Service Branch Director (SVBD) is responsible for managing all service activities at the incident. The Service Branch Director supervises the operations of the Communications, Medical, and Food Unit Leaders.

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The Service Branch Director (SVBD) is responsible for managing, organizing, and supervising the service units in the Logistics Section. The SVBD coordinates work assignments for Communications (COML), Food (FDUL), and Medical (MEDL) Unit Leaders and assists the Logistics Section Chief (LSC) in managing section assignments and meeting incident objectives The SVBD 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 SVBD."
  • Logistics Section Chief Complex (LSCC) to "SVBD 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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