NWCG Support to Wildland Fire Information and Technology (WFIT)

In support of Wildland Fire Information and Technology (WFIT) goals and objectives, NWCG committees, which represent the functional areas of wildland fire management on an interagency and intergovernmental basis, establish information and technology (IT) capability requirements in their mission areas. These IT capability requirements are communicated through the NWCG Executive Board to the WFIT program. The WFIT program then provides leadership and support in turning these requirements into actual IT capabilities (through applications, infrastructure, etc).

The established NWCG IT capability requirements are provided below. Additional information is provided to ensure that NWCG committees use standardized processes to establish and communicate wildland fire IT capability requirements. Information about the Wildland Fire Information and Technology program is available at: https://sites.google.com/a/firenet.gov/wfit/home

NWCG IT Capability Requirements (January 2022)

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NWCG Committee
IT Capability RequirementWFIT Application Lifecycle Stage
NCSCFair Share Cost Analysis capability. A standard process to assess workload and budget for dispatch/coordination centers.

Identified as high priority by the NCSC and the IDIP study. Work of a task team supported by NWCG (March 2018) and FMB (April 2018). See project initiation request and draft tasking for more information.
RMCRisk management capabilities, related to safety reporting. Resolve overlaps, gaps, and inconsistencies. Need to define requirements.

SAFENET Improvements: correcting some language on the website, trying to streamline our posting process and make the “outputs” more useful for RMC to identify emerging issues and trends. 
IFPCFire planning capabilities.

See 3 gaps defined, October 2017, updated January 2022.
ETCRadio use and management capabilitiesIdea
FENCNational preparedness capabilities

Integrate NFDRS2016 with other fire management decision support tools into a single national wildland fire preparedness and response decision support capability.
FENC/NCSCPredictive services capabilities.

See Phase One report, June 2017. FMB Tasking Phase Two is in progress. 
FMCFuels Management reporting capabilities.

NFPORS is expiring, leaving a gap in the need to produce joint accomplishment reporting.
FENCFire weather information management capabilities.

See 18 gaps defined, May 2017.
  1. BigFire in Idea phase, pursuing NASA grant
  2. WindNinja - Microscale wind modeling addressing 7 of the 18 gaps. Currently embedded in WFDSS, IFTDSS, and FlamMap.  See support letter and project initiation request for more information.
  3. WIMS and WFMI collaboration

(1) Idea
(3) Operations & Maintenance

IPSCAbility to file incident records electronically as dictated by NARA. Electronic Documentation Box structure under development within FireNet. Development
IPSC/TDPAbility to provide materials and capabilities for successful training development and delivery via the Wildland Fire Learning Portal (LMS).(WFLP) Development
DMCData integration services, with focus on a “data cache.”

See NWCG Data Management Strategy, WFIT Data Cache Requirements Document, IFDC Alternatives Analysis, and DMC Recommendations for Data Cache.
DMC is evaluating the use of EDG as the tool to support a Data Cache.
IPSC/TDPAbility to share and manipulate common data across multiple NWCG products (e.g., PSAT, IPD, PTBs, 310-1, training materials).

Ability to manage position standards change processes to include a flow functionality with multiple levels of approvals natively integrated.
(EDG) Development
FMCFuels management capabilities.

See 6 gaps defined, October 2017, updated January 2022.

See 38 applications evaluated, October 2017.
(IFT-DSS & FTEM) Development
DMC: FRSCFire reporting capability requirements to support FMB’s vision of one event/one report.

See 19 gaps defined, May 2017.
Operations & Maintenance: INFORM
NCSCResource mobilization capabilities.

See IROC Talking Points
Operations & Maintenance: IROC
NCSC"Single sign-on" functionality.

Identified by the Interagency Dispatch Improvement Project.
Operations & Maintenance: Login.gov
AllIntergovernmental collaborative workspace to message, schedule, share, review, develop, store among federal, tribal, state, local, and territorial stakeholders in support of all areas of national wildland fire management.Operations & Maintenance: Firenet
CEPCPublic incident information management

Includes capabilities currently provided by Inciweb.
Operations & Maintenance: Inciweb

NWCG Committees

  • Establish, maintain, and modify existing and desired IT capability requirements in respective mission areas.
  • Identify new or changing capabilities. These changes may require major alteration to an existing application or the replacement of one or more applications with a new approach to providing the capability.
  • Jointly with NWCG staff, consolidate and prioritize NWCG-wide IT capabilities as they arise.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with business leads responsible for applications currently serving the committee’s mission area. Coordinate capability requirements activities with business leads.
  • Identify potential changes to existing applications and coordinate with appropriate business leads to support their work with the project manager to request funding and make changes.
  • Bring new and emerging technology ideas to the WFIT Innovations and Capabilities Group for enterprise-wide collaboration, assessment, and proposal development.

NWCG Staff

  • Collect IT capability requirements from committees throughout the year.
  • Jointly with NWCG committees consolidate and prioritize IT capabilities as they arise.
  • Inform NWCG Executive Board of changes to IT capability priorities as appropriate.

NWCG Executive Board

  • Assess, revise as necessary, and forward NWCG prioritized IT capabilities to Fire Management Board as requested.

Data Management Committee

  • Provide support to committees in development of IT capability requirements.
  • Provide support to committees and WFIT for data standards and integration.

Assemble, as appropriate, committee representatives, a Data Management Committee representative, NWCG coordinator, relevant application business lead, and other primary stakeholders and address the following:

  • Purpose and Engagement
    • Develop, validate, modify, or replace capability requirements.
    • Ensure the capability requirements are consistent with the committee(s)/subgroup(s) mission.
    • Identify related or associated capability requirements; seek opportunities to consolidate.

  • Process Management
    • Define roles and expectations for each individual involved.
    • Establish timelines, checkpoints, and completion due dates.
    • Identify and engage other NWCG committees/subgroups who must be involved in vetting the capability requirement.
    • Ensure development process and prioritization criteria are understood.

  • Resources Available
    • Recommended process and deliverables checklist [Coming soon, DMC is developing]
    • Data Management Committee. Primary contact: Roshelle Pederson, Chair, kimber_roshelle_pederson@ios.doi.gov (208) 407-6685
    • Requirements defined by other committees [NWCG Committee IT Capability Requirements below]

The NWCG develops standards of practice that enable seamless and coordinated interagency wildland fire operations. Achieving NWCG standards is often enhanced, and sometimes accomplished altogether, by information and technology (IT) processes and applications. IT capability requirements are statements that define the IT capability needed to achieve a particular standard of practice, product or service. Effective IT capability requirements should address the following:

  • Relevance: Is the capability relevant to the NWCG mission? Is it relevant to the committee mission? How will it improve mission effectiveness? 
  • Scope: Does the capability benefit field level firefighters and fire managers? Will it improve national standardization? Will it enhance firefighter safety? Is it national, regional or local in scope? Is it interagency or agency specific?
  • Purview: Is the capability unique to wildland fire? Does it sensibly fall under the purview of the NWCG?
  • Sustainability: Will the capability have a long term impact? Will it address a significant and consequential issue or concern, even in the short term?
  • Impact: Is the capability new, a revision of an existing capability, or a replacement of one or more existing capabilities? What problems does the capability solve?
  • Efficiency: Does the capability reduce data entry, leverage existing information and capabilities, address needs for multiple committees, or reduce costs?
  • Time to impact: When is this capability needed? When is it likely to be delivered, if funded?
  • Existing workflow processes, if they remain relevant, or
  • Newly defined workflow processes that make existing systems obsolete.
  • What capabilities are needed to provide products or services essential to your mission?


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