An Introduction to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group with Katie Wood

Episode 14 March 01, 2023 00:43:27
An Introduction to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group with Katie Wood
Wildfire Matters
An Introduction to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group with Katie Wood

Mar 01 2023 | 00:43:27

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Show Notes

Katie Wood, Program Manager for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group or NWCG, discusses what NWCG does and how this group operates. Katie begins the session by taking about her career, from being hired right out of high school as firefighter on an engine crew to working her way to up to the National Interagency Fire Center as the NWCG Program Manager. Katie then explains how NWCG got started and how it provides national leadership to enable interoperable wildland fire operations among federal, state, local, Tribal, and territorial partners. From establishing national interagency wildland fire operational standards, to NWCG committees’ operations, to developing incident training, Katie explains the role of NWCG at the national level and how NWCG uses a consensus-based decision process to develop common operating standards for the wildland fire community. As wildland fire continues to expand and become more complex, NWCG is at the tip of the spear working on an integrated incident performance and training modernization training project; an effort focused on modernizing the majority of NWCG's incident positions to include their training, incident position descriptions, development of new position standards, and next-generation position task books along with transitioning to complex incident management to better facilitate participation and increase capacity for the nation’s wildland fire response.

To learn more about NWCG you can visit them at https://www.nwcg.gov/

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