NWCG Project Priorities

The project list provides a transparent snapshot of the NWCG program of work, past, current, and future. The project list is not intended to be all-encompassing for daily staff work assignments, and it should be not assumed that projects will not move up or down in priority. The NWCG staff spreads daily work assignments across multiple priorities as the entire program of work moves forward.

  • Has multiple steps (tasks) and/or people involved.
  • Not day-to-day job-related work or ongoing maintenance, occurs outside daily work.
  • Has an end date, or requires significant work on a cyclical basis.
  • Requires more than a couple of days to complete.
  • Considered a significant revision or is a new publication or training course.
  • May include agency-specific request that comes to NWCG due to staff skillset.
  • Some NWCG projects have annual or biannual components and will be listed that way in the NWCG priorities list.  For example, WFSTAR modules are broken into two categories: Spring (Jan-June) and Fall (July-Dec). All modules being developed during the year will be included in one of these two categories.
  • Time Sensitive:
    • High - Immediate need; timing is critical.
    • Moderate – Some urgency, but not critical.
    • Low – No urgency.
  • Committee priority:
    • High – Steward has established this as a high priority.
    • Moderate – Steward has established this as a moderate priority.
    • Low – Steward has established this as a low priority.
  • Level of effort remaining:
    • High – Considerable level of work involved to finish project.
    • Moderate – Moderate level of work involved to finish project.
    • Low – Low level of work involved to finish project.
  • Size of audience:
    • High – 5001-10000.
    • Medium – 1001-5000.
    • Low – 1-1000.
  • Standards tied to a position? Y/N – Is this project tied to existing standards and/or is an existing standard.
  • Required training? Y/N – only applies to training courses; required in the NWCG Standards for Wildland Fire Position Qualifications, PMS 310-1.
  • Existing projects that need to be finished? Y/N – May not be the highest priority based on new criteria, but needs to get finished.
  • Current material significantly outdated or nonexistent? Y/N – essentially providing no or outdated information related to the training or standard.
  • Political sensitivity? Y/N – Deemed politically sensitive by NWCG Executive Board or multiple agencies.
  • NWCG Primary Staff (Program Manager, Coordinators, Training Program Manager, Publications Manager, Web Manager).
    • Convene monthly to update and reassess project priorities (additions, deletions, priority reassessment) (with Incident and Position Standards Committee (IPSC) and Training Delivery Committee (TDC) assigned representatives).
    • Present to Executive Board monthly for concurrence and maintain current priority list on website.
  • NWCG Committees
    • Submit new project requests to NWCG.
    • Provide input on priorities for the projects under their stewardship.
  • TDC
    • Collaborate with NWCG Training Program Manager on course revision priorities.
  • IPSC
    • Assist in setting priorities based on agency needs.
  • Executive Board
    • Review priorities monthly and provide input/readjustment as necessary.

Current Priorities List

Priority Project Title Date Added Target Date Comments
01 NWCG Standards for Chainsaw Operations, PMS 212 20-07 21-07
02 Incident Response Pocket Guide, PMS 461 21-04 21-12
03 Creating IPDs 18-01 21-12 93% drafted and approved; awaiting position decisions
04 NWCG Standards for Recognition of Prior Learning, PMS 309 21-06 21-10
05 NWCG Standards for Cooperator Aircraft 21-07 21-07 Critical timeframe
06 NWCG Standards for Water Scooper Operations 21-07 21-07 Critical timeframe
07 NWCG Standards for Geospatial Operations, PMS 936 and PMS 936-1 Updates 21-07 21-08
08 RT-130, HTTSC: Chainsaw Ops Complexity Video 20-06 21-07 Approved FY21 budget request for IDIQ contract w/ specific period of performance; tied to Hughes Corrective Action Plan.
09 S-130, Firefighter Training (ILT) 19-06 21-09 In field review status; working toward Fall certification
10 Aviation Risk Management Workbook, PMS 530-1 20-06 21-09 Committee input required
11 RT-130, SMOC: Planning and Responding to Smoke Video 20-06 21-11 Approved FY21 budget request for IDIQ contract with specific period of performance.
12 GRI/IRPG, PMS 461 ES 21-04 22-02
13 RT-130, WFSTAR Modules (Fall 2021) 21-06 21-12
14 S-190, Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior (OLT) 20-06 21-11
15 MEDL Incident Position Performance Package 20-12 22-01 Submitted to contracting
15 FWPT Incident Position Performance Package 20-12 22-01 Submitted to contracting
15 CRWB Incident Position Performance Package 20-12 22-01 Submitted to contracting
15 Faller 1/2/3 Incident Position Performance Package 20-12 22-01 FAL3 submitted to contracting
16 Post-TDC Tasking reconciliation for NWCG Training 20-09 21-10
17 NWCG Standards for Operations Sections Chiefs 21-01 TBD
18 RXB1/2 Incident Position Performance Package/Training Contract 20-12 22-04
19 Leadership Levels 20-07 21-10
20 Loading course materials on web for download (required training) 20-05 21-09 COVID motivated priority; also cache inventory driven.
21 Reference Materials for Becoming an L-Course Provider 20-06 21-09
22 NWCG Glossary of Wildland Fire, PMS 205 21-06 21-09
23 NWCG Smoke and Roadway Safety Pocket Card, PMS 477-1 21-04 21-07
24 P-310, FPET Member 20-01 21-09 Slated for Level II Certification this Fall
25 Banded entry level training (new S-110) 20-07 22-01
No ranking S-130 ES, Spanish Conversion 21-03 21-08 80% complete
No ranking S-190 ES, Spanish Conversion 20-12 21-08 80% complete
No ranking INVL PTB, PMS 311-90 21-01 21-09
No ranking FI-310, Wildland Fire Investigation: Case Development 21-01 21-09
No ranking NWCG Best Practices for Incident Complexes (DMC project) 21-07 21-09 New project for DMC.
No ranking INVF PTB, PMS 311-66 21-01 21-09
No ranking S-373/A-450, UAS Pilot (current ILT, may be blended) 20-06 21-12
No ranking NWCG Guide to Fire Behavior Assessment, PMS 437-1 21-02 21-12
No ranking S-445, Training Specialist 20-03 22-05
No Ranking Loading course materials on web for download (non-required training) 20-06 Ongoing
No ranking NWCG Forms Project to OMB 19-05 TBD On the horizon
No ranking NWCG Forms Project 19-05 TBD Gather information before submitting to OMB.

 

Completed Priorities List

Project Title Date Added Completion Date
NWCG Standards for Fire Equipment Storage and Refurbishing, PMS 448 21-06 21-07
Rework Homepage Design to Include Social Media 21-07 21-07
OF 297 and SF 261 (Fillable) 21-07 21-07
RT-130, WFSTAR Modules (Spring 2021) 20-06 21-06
Week of Remembrance 2021 21-02 21-06
NWCG Aircraft Dispatch Form, PMS 250 21-05 21-06
FI-110, Fire Investigation 21-01 21-05
NWCG Standards for Aviation Risk Management, PMS 530 21-02 21-05
NWCG Guide to Fire Weather Forecasts, PMS 425 21-02 21-05
Fire Weather Handbook (1974), PMS 425-1 21-02 21-05
RT-300, FUSC: Landscape Scale RX Fire Planning Video 20-06 21-05
NWCG Standards for Airtanker Base Operations, PMS 508 21-04 21-05
NWCG Committee Homepages 20-06 21-05
Support for FY21 Training Season (TDC Tasking Memo) 20-09 21-05
NWCG Standards for Interagency Incident Business Management, PMS 902 21-03 21-04
Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide, PMS 437 21-02 21-04
Incident Behavior Form, PMS 934 21-04 21-04
NWCG NFES Part 2 Catalog, PMS 449-2 20-03 21-04
NFDRS Website - Moving from FireNet 19-10 21-04
RT-130, WFSTAR Module 2020 Fire Year in Review 21-02 21-04
RT-130, WFSTAR Module NFDRS Overview 21-02 21-04
RT-130, WFSTAR Module UAS Operations 21-02 21-04
RT-130, Rework the site design 20-08 21-04
RT-130, WFSTAR Modules Military 21-02 21-03
6MFS Edit All Entries 20-07 21-03
Move Safety Alerts From NIFC to NWCG 20-08 21-03
NWCG Aviation Mishap Response Checklist, PMS 503 20-05 21-02
Performance Support Module pages 20-04 21-02
NWCG Standards for Aerial Ignition, PMS 501 20-05 21-01
S-131, Firefighter 1 18-01 20-12
Fix Printing Option for Position Pages, PMS 310-1 20-06 20-12
Post Wildfire Recovery Program Website - Moving from FireNet 19-01 20-12
NWCG Guide to Smoke Management on Prescribed Fires, PMS 420-3 18-04 20-12
NWCG EB Memo Project 20-08 20-12
NFES Catalog -- Part 2: Publications, PMS 449-2 20-10 20-10
NWCG Prescribed Fire Summary and Final Complexity Worksheet, PMS 424-1 20-01 20-10
Smoke and Roadway Safety Guide, PMS 477 19-08 20-10
NWCG Standards for Wildland Fire Position Qualifications, PMS 310-1 20-08 20-10
NWCG Wildland Fire Position Qualification Flowchart, PMS 308 20-08 20-10
RXMG PTB, PMS 311 20-08 20-10
NWCG GISS Workflow, PMS 936-1 20-01 20-08
NWCG Standards for Fire Equipment Storage and Refurbishing, PMS 448 - Annual Update 20-06 20-08
Add Training Listing to All Committee/Subcommittee Pages 20-06 20-08
10 Standard Firefighting Orders & 18 Watch Out Situations, PMS 110 ES, 118 ES, 110-118 ES 19-09 20-08
Create views to show change history for all positions, 1) by position, and 2) by year, PMS 310-1 20-07 20-08
Create archived position pages for all archived positions, PMS 310-1 20-07 20-08
NWCG Airtanker Base Directory, PMS 507 20-08 20-08
FMB COVID Request (includes Mental Health Covid) 20-07 20-08
Guia de Repuesta de Incidentes Bolsillo (GRI / IRPG), PMS 461 ES 06-19 20-08
S-420, Command and General Staff 20-07
10 Standard Firefighting Orders & 18 Watch Out Situations, PMS 110, 118, 110-118 19-09 20-07
Move FMB website to NWCG including subgroups 20-07 20-07
Week of Remembrance 2020 20-05 20-06

 

 

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2021-06-08