2021 SAG Award Winners

National Wildfire Coordinating Group, Geospatial Subcommittee

Project Goal

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) provides national leadership to enable interoperable wildland fire operations among federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local partners. NWCG operations standards are interagency by design; they are developed with the intent of universal adoption by the member agencies. The NWCG Standards for Geospatial Operations, PMS 936 (GeoOps) provide the basis for consistency in the delivery of wildfire incident GIS products and services.
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Business Problem Solved

The Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS) is responsible for providing timely and accurate spatial information about the incident to be used by all facets of the Incident Management Team (IMT) and the national coordination system Adhering to the NWCG Standards for Geospatial Operations, PMS 936 (GeoOps) and its implementation publication, NWCG GISS Workflow PMS 936-1 ensures consistency for all GIS work performed on incidents.

Technology Implemented

ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, Collector, Survey 123

Development Team Biography

Kathie Hansen: National Park Service Midwest Regional Fire GIS Specialist, Chair of the NWCG Geospatial Curriculum Management Unit, NPS member of the NWCG Geospatial Subcommittee, and GeoOps Project Lead. Skip Edel: National Park Service National Interagency Fire GIS Program Lead, chair of the NWCG Geospatial Subcommittee. Members of the GeoOps Publication Update Team: Anthony Beauchaine - US Forest Service Idaho, Kevin Winter - US Fish & Wildlife Service California, Adam Ridley - Bureau of Land Management Idaho, Chris Ingram - Santa Clara County Fire Department California, Sean Triplett - US Forest Service Idaho, Kevin Kovacs - Bureau of Land Management Montana, Greg Dillon - US Forest Service Montana, Steve Levitt - Bureau of Land Management Nevada, Matt Turner - CALFIRE California, Steve Kovach - US Forest Service Idaho, Robin Dunn - Idaho Department of Lands.