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ID
4-509-1486
Name
Wildland/Urban Interface Protection Specialist
Status
Published
Version
1.1
Updated
4/5/2022 3:39:02 PM
Original Release
04/05/2022
Last Major Release
 
NQS Position
Resource Category
Fire/Hazardous Materials
Primary Core Capability
Fire Management and Suppression
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Wildland/Urban Interface Protection Specialist is responsible for the development and/or implementation of a plan to protect people, communities, infrastructure, and the environment
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
 
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Oversees or leads the development of wildfire-related protection and hazard plans
Type 2The Type 2 Wildland/Urban Interface Protection Specialist: Reviews or supports the development of wildfire-related protection and hazard plans, such as the Community Wildfire Protection Plan with local stakeholders and authorities to protect people, communities, infrastructure, and the environment from wildland fire
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
TrainingPer NIMS compliance at the time of publication, Incident Command System (ICS)- and Independent Study (IS)- training courses are listed. Equivalent courses must meet the NIMS National Standard Curriculum
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff - Complex Incidents 2. National Fire Academy (NFA) R0614, Wildland Urban Interface: Fire-Adapted Communities 3. NWCG S-260, Interagency Incident Business Management 4. NWCG S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior 5. NWCG S-390, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
Type 2Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents 4. IS-700: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System 5. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 6. Training in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents or equivalent instruction on responding to and operating in a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) incident 7. Training in accordance with NFPA 1051: Standard for Wildland Firefighting Personnel Professional Qualifications, Wildland/Urban Protection Specialist or NWCG 310-1: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, or equivalent 8. Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices Training, or equivalent 9. National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) S-130, Firefighter Training 10. NWCG S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior 11. NWCG S-215, Wildland Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface, or equivalent 12. RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR) 13. L-180, Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service
Experience1. Field experience can be developed during national wildfire and emergency responses relating to the wildland/urban interface and forested communities 2. Field experience must be consistent with wildfire mitigation and/or fire response with communities at risk of wildfire
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: KSAs: 1. Ability to lead mitigation teams by supervising activities, mentoring team members, and ensuring operations consider socio-economic, political, and cultural aspects in their recommendations 2. Ability to manage deployments by determining if a request is viable, ensuring team members are qualified, and developing a demobilization plan 3. Ability to facilitate and develop mitigation recommendations, a final report, or an action plan Experience: Three years of relevant NIMS-credentialed Type 2 Wildland/Urban Interface Protection Specialist experience
Type 2Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): 1. Ability to assess the actual and potential risks, hazards, and values at risk for the wildland/urban interface fire incident given incident intelligence, predicted fire behavior, and agency policies 2. Ability to provide internal and external briefings on structure protection plans, the methodology of assessing the risks and hazards, agency policy, and an overall education strategy 3. Ability to assesses and evaluate evacuation, “protect-in-place”, or structure protection plans given incident intelligence, predicted fire behavior, community maps, and other available resources to support incident response and decisions for emergency response 4. Ability to develop plans and programs associated with the wildland/urban interface and built environment with support from community members, partners, and strategic leaders 5. Ability to assist in the development of post-fire action plans and support community and federal agencies in response to post-fire impacts to the wildland/urban interface Experience: Experience in one of the following roles: 1. Three years of relevant NIMS-credentialed Type 1 Wildland Firefighter experience 2. Three years of relevant NWCG Structure Protection Specialist experience 3. Three years of experience relating to the protection of the wildland/urban interface at the local, state, tribal, territorial, or federal level 4.Three years of experience supporting a U.S. Forest Service Community Mitigation Assistance Team
Physical/Medical FitnessAnnual recertification, training, and education requirements (e.g., continuing education units, professional development hours, etc.) are established by an accrediting entity and may vary by organization, department, and agency
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every five years 2. Completes all necessary refresher trainings, exams for training courses listed above, and recertifications
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsThe AHJ determines recertification requirements, if any
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Certification: 1. NFPA Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist 2. NWCG Incident Qualification Card 3. Annual NWCG Refresher Training 4. Mitigation Best Practices Certification 5. Interagency Resource Ordering Capability Certificate and sponsoring agency
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
This position can be ordered as a single resource or in conjunction with a National Incident Management System (NIMS) typed team
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
Requestor specifies any additional qualifications necessary based on incident complexity and requirements
1509
Notes
References
Reference
1. FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017 2. FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017 3. FEMA, National Response Framework, October 2019 4. NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, 2018 5. NFPA 1051: Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Personnel Professional Qualifications, 2020 6. NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, 2018 7. NWCG 310-1: Wildland Fire Qualifications System Guide, October 2021