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1 Implementing a GACC Decision Support Center Dan OBrien, NWCC Predictive Services Unit Leader

2 The Decision Support Center Concept The DSC will: Activate during periods of moderate to heavy fire activity; Plug & play as a branch of the Predictive Services Unit; Provide full range of technical analysis to support strategic decisions on emerging incidents, – focus on short to intermediate time frames; – Intended to bridge gaps in local capability; Support GACC decision-making; – GACC Coordinator and GMAC decisions; Support technical analyses conducted at established incidents and local units; Function as a training ground for future fire analysts. The DSC will NOT: Replace local expertise or manage incidents from afar; Conduct comprehensive long-term assessments or strategic implementation plans for individual incidents, units, or agencies; Complete WFDSS documentation; Generally provide technical WFDSS consultation or support.

3 Decision Support Center: GACC Operations Lead Analyst Analyst or Trainee Intel Analyst Dedicated GISS Dedicated IMET GMAC Decision Support Business Lead Products maintained in WFDSS, dedicated GACC files, GACC Incident ftp site, or delivered to local unit, as appropriate GACC Coordinator

4 Decision Support Center: Local Unit or Incident Operations Lead Analyst Analyst or Trainee Intel Analyst Dedicated GISS Dedicated IMET Decision Support Business Lead Products maintained in WFDSS, dedicated GACC files, GACC Incident ftp site, or delivered to local unit, as appropriate. Local Unit Or Incident

5 Decision Support Center Staffing Business Lead – Reports to Predictive Services; may also have WFDSS Geo-Editor capability; Lead Analyst – Reports to Business Lead; Experienced FBAN/LTANs: individuals listed on 14 day availability rotation; DSC Analyst – Reports to Lead Analyst; – FBAN/LTAN trainees; – Fire Behavior Specialists; – Fuels or other Resource Specialists with fire behavior modeling experience; Intel/GISS/IMET – Reports to Lead Analyst; – Qualified individuals

6 Activating the DSC: Low to Moderate Planning Levels Business Lead (pro-actively) orders FBAN/LTAN: Analysts works for Predictive Services Mgr; Provides analytical support to requesting units/incidents; Business Lead directs request to National Wildland Fire Decision Support Center: NFDSC coordinates analysis directly with requesting unit; NFDSC communicates work load and accomplishments with GACC Predictive Services Unit; OR Emerging Incident Requests Support

7 Activating the DSC: Moderate and Greater Planning Levels Predictive Services Unit, in concert w/ Coordinator and Center Manager, initiates mobilization: Anticipates workload 3 to 5 days out; Designates Business Lead and communicates to Dispatch Centers/Local Units; Orders Lead Analyst and DSC staff; establishes adequate work area and IT support; If Lead/DSC analysts not available locally, NFDSC may be contacted for virtual or onsite support. A Lead Analyst is necessary whenever DSC analysts are located on-site. Anticipated Event

8 The Analysis Process Ignition Occurs DSC Business Lead Analysis conducted & results interpreted Analysis Summaries Output for GACC, Local Unit Products retrieved from WFDSS, FTP site or local contact Decision Maker Local Unit enters incident into WFDSS Emerging Incident Requests Fire Behavior Analysis Local Unit Fire Staff Officer NFDSC

9 WFDSS Incident Information WFDSS Incident Information WFDSS FSPro Request WFDSS FSPro Request Requesting Analysis inside WFDSS

10 Decision Support on Established Incidents IMT Incident FBAN/LTAN DSC supports on request Local Unit Local SME or analyst; DSC supports on request

11 Comprehensive Incident or Agency Specific Analyses Agency Analysts & Agency Analysis Support Fire Reviews Long Term Plans Other comprehensive analyses DSC provides technical analysis support on request.

12 Follow Naming Conventions Example Incident Naming Convention: Unit 3 Letter Designator_Incident Name_YrMoDay Incident Start Date Example: – WWF_MinamPeak_ – NCP_Arctic_ Example FSPro Incident Analysis Naming Convention: YrMoDy Analysis Date_Analysis Duration_No. of Simulations_Ign Source_Other Analysis Factors – Example: _14Day_800Fires_0916AMPerim_NoBarriers _21Days_1000Fires_0821IRPerim_LogCrkWind

13 Weblink: ftp.nifc.gov Folder: Incident_Specific_Data Folder: Pacific_NW Folder: Incident Folder: Fire_Analysis Folder: Inputs Folder: Outputs Folder: YYYYMMDD Datafile Folder: YYYYMMDD Datafile Other Folders: IR GIS Etc. Organize Filing Local/FTP Filing Conventions

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