National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Incident Training Specialist

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The Incident Training Specialist coordinates training opportunities on Type 1 and 2 incidents. They provide training expertise to incident trainees and ensures training documentation is complete for incident and trainee records.  The TNSP reports to the Planning Section Chief or other assigned supervisor. The TNSP works in the Planning functional area.‚Äč

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

Dec 2020

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Oct 2011

Updated: Changed the name of TNSP to Incident Training Specialist to distinguish between the career Training Specialist and the Incident Training Specialist for which the course was designed.

Updated: Training Specialist language:

Provide NWCG Training with feedback regarding training and qualifications issues related to Trainees, such as lack of basic knowledge of the job/position as a result of the NWCG training course they recently participated in as a prerequisite for their trainee position. 

Oct 1993

Position created.


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