Preparing for Fire Season Tuesday, May 6, 2014 1330 - 1400
How to get out on a fire assignment as READ: Be qualified as a Resource Advisor (READ) Meet physical fitness requirement – may be governed by Home Unit line officers and Forest Supervisor Have current Red Card!! Be available to go on assignment
Qualifications - Required Position considered a ‘technical specialist,’ with READ as ICS position READ described in 310-1 Supplemental (2014 page 110) Recommendations in the 2004 NWCG Resource Advisor Guide
Qualifications – Recommended!! Minimum under IQCS: • Attend N-9042 READ training • Take IS 100 Intro to ICS & IS 700 National Incident Management System, an Introduction • Attend RT-130 Annual Fire Line Safety Refresher • Attend Annual READ Refresher Escorted vs. non-escorted line qualification Additional: See Resource Advisor Guide p.13
Escorted vs. Non-escorted Escorted (Light WCT): • No need for any additional classes (ie S130/S190) • Must be accompanied by a single resource boss Non-escorted (Moderate/Arduous WCT): • Must have S130 Firefighter Training/S190 Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior • Annual safety refresher • Adequate communications Reference: 2013 Red Book pg. Ch. 13-4, 13-10 &13-11
Your Availability Options are local, regional (Geographic Area Coordination Center) or national Some variations in process between units so ask your FMO
Basic Line Gear • Standard PPE, including fire shelter and radio. • Copy of Incident’s WFDSS decision • Daily Incident Action Plan and MAPS • MIST Guidelines & Fire Line Handbook (IRPG). • Flagging & felt tip markers. • GPS unit and Camera • Nametag. • Always carry a firefighting tool.
Additional Equipment • Lap top computer • Resource maps with critical protection areas delineated • Fire Suppression Rehab Plan for your fire on disk. • MIST on disk • Rehabilitation standards on disk
Resource Advisor’s Role • Be specific and “hands-on” as an advisor. • Be realistic, flexible. • Be available!! Expect long hours. • Know the equipment you will be managing in the rehabilitation efforts. • The more you know about the specific area, the more effective you’ll be to the Agency Administrator, the IMT and the resource.