Agency Administrator Resources

Line Officer / AA Desk Guide for Fire Mgmt

This desk reference guide for fire management was created to aid Line Officers who oversee fire program management – both wildfire and prescribed fire;  preseason 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.

If you have questions or comments regarding the Line Officer/AA Desk Guide or the AA certification program please contact:

Document Downloads
2020 FS Chief's Letter of Intent

Line Officer/AA Desk Guide (.pdf - updated 3/1/2020)

Wildland Fire Decision Support Tools (2020)
Wildland Fire Decision Support Tools; a guide for AAs
2020 Wildland Fire Season NPS Letter of Intent
2019 Superintendent Desk Reference Guide
2019 Superintendent Checklist

2016 USFS Wildland Fire Risk Management Protocols
2014 USFS Briefing Paper - Evolving Incident Management

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.

5100 Certification Letter
USFS Agency Admin Taskbook
NLOT - AA Certification Video- Leaders Intent - USFS
AA Training / Continuing Education
AA Taskbook and Certification Guidance & FAQs
RMA & AA Certification Talking Points
Prescribed FIre Pathways Diagram
Wildfire Pathways Diagram
Redbook AA Qualifications Crosswalk


Word document – Title – R-5 - 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