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Wildland Fire Professionals

The following links contain information for wildland fire professionals

A large airtanker aircraft dropping red fire retardand in the path of a forest fire.

Interagency Wildland Fire Chemicals

Aerially applied fire retardant and other fire chemicals reduces wildfire intensity and rate of spread, decreasing risks to firefighters, enabling them to construct fireline safely.

A skycrane helicopter dropping water in the path of a forest fire, between the fire and a number of fire fighters working on top of a mountain.

Aviation Safety Management Systems

The Safety Managment System (SMS) can be utilized as a means of providing a formal process and structure to control the risk associated with the vast array of aviation missions.

A wildland firefighter using a hand tool to dig and clear ground cover from a fire break.

Risk Management

Forest Service Fire Operations Risk Management Council serves to facilitate and promote wildland firefighter safety. The council encompasses an unparalleled spectrum of skilled professionals sharing knowledge, ideas, expertise, and technology.

Two green USDA Forest Service fire engines parked along a paved road. A sign in the background reads "PARMA PARK."

Fire Equipment & Tools

The Forest Service and other federal, tribal, state, and local government agencies work together to respond to tens of thousands of wildfires annually. Each year, an average of more than 73,000 wildfires burn about 7 million acres of federal, tribal, state, and private land and more than 2,600 structures.

A green USDA Forest Service wildland fire truck moving down a dusty dirt road in a forest.

Wildland Fire Vehicles

The primary purpose of this page is to share with the field what is being accomplished within the wildfire fleet program area.

A USDA Forest Service fire truck in a high mountain parking lot.  Two people stand in the background looking at a column of smoke rising in the sky.


Forest Service and Interagency publications are the primary vehicles by which Forest Service and Interagency policy and standards are transmitted. 

An airtanker lands on a lake to scoop up another load of water to drop on a fire that fills the sky with smoke in the background.


The U.S. Forest Service Incident Support Branch for Acquisistion Management is responsible for contracting the "National Shared Resources" utilized for wildland fire suppression and prevention, as well as other emergency incident response activities.

Boxes of supplies at a fire base camp.

Incident Business Practices

Forest Service Incident Business Practices is the coordination of best business practices for wildfire, non-fire and FEMA emergency responses.

The Community Mitigation Assistance Teams (CMAT) logo consisting of the letters C, M, A, T.

Community Mitigation Assistance Team

Community Mitigation Assistance Teams (CMAT) are designed to help communities build sustainable local capacity for wildfire mitigation during high risk times before, during, or after a wildfire when awareness of the need for risk reduction and the likelihood of action is highest. 

The team integrates community fire adaptation best practices and resilient landscapes concepts outlined in the National Cohesive Wildfire Management Strategy.

A line of wildland firefighters carrying tools and gear, walking up a slight mountain slope cleared of brush.