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.
  • 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  • Current material significantly outdated or nonexistent? Y/N – essentially providing no or outdated information related to the training or standard.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 IPSC and course delivery group (TBD) assigned representatives).
    • Present to Executive Board monthly for concurrence and maintain current priority list on website.
  • NWCG Committees
    • Submit new project requests to NWCG (figure out what a project request looks like).
    • Provide input on priorities for the projects under their stewardship.
  • Course Delivery group (TBD)
    • 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 Target Date Comments
01 FMB COVID Request (includes Mental Health Covid) 20-07 FMB priority tasking; 5 videos posted, 2 in production.
02 Guia de Repuesta de Incidentes Bolsillo (GRI / IRPG), PMS 461 ES 20-07
03 Move FMB website to NWCG including subgroups 20-07 FMB priority.
04 S-420, Command and General Staff 20-07 IPSC reviewed, ready for EB certification.
05 Creating IPDs 21-02 65% drafted and approved.
06 Loading course materials on web for download (required training) 20-10 COVID motivated priority; also cache inventory driven.
07 S-131, Firefighter 1 20-10
08 S-130, Firefighter Training (ILT) 20-10 In field review status until a test course is identified.
09 NWCG Standards for Chainsaw Operations, PMS 212 21-03
10 RT-130, HTTSC: Chainsaw Ops Complexity 21-03 Approved FY21 budget request for IDIQ contract w/ specific period of performance; tied to Hughes Corrective Action Plan.
11 10 Standard Firefighting Orders & 18 Watch Out Situations, PMS 110 ES, 118 ES, 110-118 ES 20-08
12 S-110, Basic Wildland Fire Orientation 20-10 SME request sent out.
13 NWCG Prescribed Fire Summary and Final Complexity Worksheet, PMS 424-1 20-07 Pending committee review.
14 NWCG GISS Workflow, PMS 936-1 20-07
No ranking S-373/A-450, UAS Pilot (current ILT, may be blended) Date TBD
No ranking Loading course materials on web for download (non-required training) Ongoing
No ranking Smoke and Roadway Safety Guide, PMS 477 Pending committee review.
No ranking Fixed-Wing Parking Tender, FWPT Date TBD
No ranking NWCG Guide to Smoke Management on Prescribed Fires, PMS 420-3 Pending committee review.
No ranking Radio Safety Awareness (5 modules) Date TBD
No ranking S-355, Ground Support Unit Leader Date TBD
No ranking S-230, Crew Boss (ILT and Blended) Date TBD
No ranking BehavePlus Online Course 20-04
No ranking NFDRS Website - Moving from FireNet 20-07 Waiting for information from NFDRS personnel.
No ranking P-310, FPET Member 20-07
No ranking Post Wildfire Recovery Program Website - Moving from FireNet 20-07 NWCG partner website.
No ranking NWCG Standards for Aerial Ignition, PMS 501 20-07
No ranking NWCG Standards for Fire Equipment Storage and Refurbishing, PMS 448 - Annual Update 20-07
No ranking NWCG Aviation Mishap Response Checklist, PMS 503 20-07 Pending committee review.
No ranking RT-130, Mental Health Module (non-FMB) 20-07
No ranking NWCG Committee Homepages 20-08 All pages in new format. 90% finished.
No ranking Fix Printing Option for Position Pages, PMS 310-1 20-08
No ranking Add Training Listing to All Committee/Subcommittee Pages 20-08 Similar to position and publications list.
No ranking Performance Support Module pages 20-08
No ranking Aviation Risk Management Workbook, PMS 530-1 20-10
No ranking S-190, Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior (OLT) 20-10 7/6/20: kick off held.
No ranking S-130, Firefighter Training (OLT) 20-10
No ranking RT-130, WFSTAR Updates 20-10
No ranking NWCG Forms Project 20-11 Gather information before submitting to OMB.
No ranking NWCG Forms Project to OMB 20-11 On the horizon
No ranking S-445, Training Specialist (OLT) 20-12
No ranking S-260, Interagency Incident Business Management 20-12
No ranking RT-300, FUSC: Landscape Scale RX Fire Planning 21-03 Approved FY21 budget request for IDIQ contract with specific period of performance.
No Ranking RT-130, SMOC: Planning and Responding to Smoke 21-03 Approved FY21 budget request for IDIQ contract with specific period of performance.
No ranking RT-130, 360 Point Fire Project Module 21-03



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