Agency Administrator Resources

Line Officer / AA Desk Guide for Fire Management

This desk reference guide for fire management was created to aid Line Officers who oversee fire program management – both wildfire and prescribed fire;  pre-season planning, management of the incidents, post fire activities and prescribed fire implementation.  There is no new information hosted in the guide, instead it provides references to the original direction providing a one point of reference for Line Officers. It is sponsored by Forest Service, the National Line Officer Team (NLOT) and was developed by the WFM RD&A with recommendations from Agency Administrators and Line Officers.  

Document Downloads
Line Officer/AA Desk Guide (updated 3/24/2021)
Wildland Fire Decision Support Tools (2021)
Wildland Fire Decision Support Tools; a guide for AAs (updated 3/2019)
2022 FS Chief's Letter of Intent for Wildland Fire
2021 Joint DOI/USDA Direction to Wildland Fire Leadership
2022 NPS Superintendent Checklist
2019 NPS Superintendent Desk Reference for the Fire Management Program
2016 USFS Wildland Fire Risk Management Protocols
Incident Kits for Employee Behavioral Health and Wellbeing

Line Officer Guide Forms and Templates
BAER Team Delegation Template - docx version
Cost Share Agreement Template - docx version
Example Turn Back Standards & Mopup Guidelines
Delegation of Authority Template
Leaders Intent Letter Template
Briefing Package Template

Forest Service Agency Administrator Certification

In 2019 a new Agency Administrator certification process was adopted for fire management. A combined taskbook was developed to integrate common tasks for wildfire and prescribed fire management, details for the certification process can be found within Chapter 5 of the Red Book. This new process includes the completion of a taskbook similar to those required for other fire positions. The Agency Administrator Taskbook, Pathways Charts (Wildfire and Prescribed fire), qualifications crosswalk, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document fire can be downloaded below.

Agency Administrator Taskbook

The following documents will need to be downloaded to initiate the taskbook, track task accomplishments and evaluation feedback from the evaluators. Both of these documents will need to be submitted to your RLOT for certification.

USFS Agency Admin Taskbook

USFS Agency Admin Evaluation record

Additional Guidance
5100 Certification Letter
NLOT - AA Certification Video- Leaders Intent - USFS
AA Training / Continuing Education
AA Taskbook and Certification Guidance & FAQs
Prescribed Fire Pathways Diagram
Wildfire Pathways Diagram

AA refresher for New Agency Administrators – Agenda
Video part 1: Initial AA response – Panel discussion
Video part 2: Lessons Learned Case Studies and Scenarios from Past Fires




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