UAS Program Administration
Agencies are responsible for oversight and management of their respective UAS programs. National, regional, and state agency program managers are delegated by their respective agencies. To develop a standardized interagency program, the following roles and responsibilities of interagency program management are provided:
- Coordinate with agency program managers, the Interagency Fire UAS Subcommittee (IFUASS), and interagency UAS personnel.
- Coordinate with other agency program managers to update the national resource qualifications roster (Incident Qualifications and Certification System – IQCS).
- Participate on interagency working groups, committees, and subcommittees.
- Collaborate to develop owned, contracted, and cooperator interagency UAS aircraft, pilot specifications and approval standards.
- Provide quality assurance and oversight of operational and training performance standards.
- Distribute UAS program information on an interagency basis.
- Coordinate with agencies that have a desire to develop or enhance a UAS program.
- Coordinate operational standards with international cooperators.
- Provide input to the revision of the NWCG Standards for Fire Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations, PMS 515, and interagency training management system.
- Additional roles and responsibilities may be assigned based on agency specific needs.
- Department of Interior (DOI) agencies operate under 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 107 (Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] Small UAS Rule), DOI Operational Procedures Memoranda (OPM) 11, and national aviation plans.
- Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service operates under 14CFR, Part 107 (FAA Small UAS Rule); Forest Service Manual (FSM) 5700; Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 5709.16; Forest Service Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems; and national and regional aviation plans.
- State agencies shall follow their agency guidance.
- The procedures in this publication pertain to fire/incident (unplanned/emergency) operations only. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations on a fire after it has been declared out are considered a planned project and will adhere to departmental and agency specific UAS planning processes for UAS projects.
- UAS aerial ignition operations shall be conducted in accordance with provisions contained in this publication and in the National Interagency Aviation Committee (NIAC) Memo 19-02, Interim Approval of UAS Aerial Ignition Payload.