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FA-IM-2008-024 (Training and Certification of BLM Airtanker Base Managers & Fixed Wing Base Managers) Extended

FA-IM-2010-004 extends FA-IM-2008-024: Training and Certification of BLM Airtanker Base Managers & Fixed Wing Base Managers for one year. The new expiration date is September 30, 2010.

Click the link below to see the Information Bulletin.
http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/IM2010/FAIM2010004.pdf


Ensuring Currency and Validity of IQCS Records for Employees in IFPM Designated Positions

All BLM supervisors of IFPM designated employees should validate pertinent IQCS data and ensure that employees are on track to meet the implementation deadline (October 1, 2010).

To review the formal Instruction Bulletin, visit the following link: 
http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/IB2009/FA-IB2009017.pdf


Lights and Siren Response Policy

FA IM-2009-022 provides direction regarding the use of lights and siren on fire equipment.

View FA IM-2009-022 at
http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/IM2009/FA%20IM2009022.pdf


Prescribed Fire Policy and Direction

This Instruction Memorandum (IM) issues prescribed fire guidance for implementing the Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Guide (RX Fire Guide) and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Supplement to the RX Fire Guide. Modifications to training requirements are included.

View FA IM-2009-014 at http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/imof&a2009-014.pdf
View Attachment 1 at http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/imof&a2009-014attachment1.pdf
View Attachment 2 at http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/imof&a2009-014attachment2.pdf


Notification and Reporting Requirements for Employees in Interagency Fire Management Program (IFMP) Transition Positions

The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to notify and remind employees, managers/supervisors and human resources staffs of the requirements for employees in transition positions to qualify for the GS-401 FMS series by October 1, 2010. 

View WO IM No. 2009-038 at  http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/regulations/Instruction_Memos_and_Bulletins/national_instruction/2009/IM_2009-038.html.


Bureau of Land Management Notification and Reporting Requirements for GS-0401 Fire Program Management Employees 

Due Dates: 04/1/2008, 07/01/2008, 10/01/2008, 01/02/2009, 04/01/2009, 06/04/2009

This Instruction Memorandum (IM) provides notification and reporting requirements for GS-0401 Fire Management Specialist reported as not meeting the qualification requirements. In addition, this IM provides guidance on notifying qualified GS-0401 Fire Management Specialists their status. 

Click here to review WO IM 2008-053.


Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Qualifications, Program Change Clarification

Note the following clarifications to the IFPM memorandum, issued by the office of the Associate Deputy Secretary of the Interior, signed August, 15 2008:

  1. The deadline for IFPM implementation has been extended from October 1, 2009 to October 1, 2010.
  2. The Prevention/Education/Mitigation Specialist position has been excluded from IFPM requirements.

Review FA-IB-2008-027 at http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/ibof&a2008-027.pdf for complete information.

Review the IFPM change memorandum and attachment to FA-IB-2008-027 at http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/ibof&a2008-027attachment1.pdf.


Bureau of Land Management Notification and Reporting Requirements for GS-0401 Fire Program Management Employees 

Due Dates: 04/1/2008, 07/01/2008, 10/01/2008, 01/02/2009, 04/01/2009, 06/04/2009

This Instruction Memorandum (IM) provides notification and reporting requirements for GS-0401 Fire Management Specialist reported as not meeting the qualification requirements. In addition, this IM provides guidance on notifying qualified GS-0401 Fire Management Specialists their status. 

Click here to review WO IM 2008-053.


Training and Certification of Bureau of Land Management Airtanker Base Managers and Fixed Wing Base Managers

In June 2007, the National Interagency Aviation Council (NIAC) endorsed the Interagency Airtanker Base Operations Guide (IATBOG). This guide is policy as identified in the BLM Manual 9400 and the National Aviation Plan. The 2007 IATBOG established required training for airtanker base positions (Ch. 2, pages 15-23). FA IM 2008-024 endorses the IATBOG training requirements and establishes BLM certification standards (task books) for ATBM and FWBM.

FA IM 2008-024 can be found at:
http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/imof&a2008-024.pdf

The Airtanker Base Manager Taskbook can be found at:
http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/imof&a2008-024attachment2.pdf

The Fixed Wing Base Manager Taskbook can be found at:
http://web.blm.gov/internal/fire/Directives/imof&a2008-024attachment3.pdf


Interagency Fire Program Management Qualification Standards and Guide - Implementation Responsibilities and Consequences

The Office of Associate Deputy Secretary of the Interior issued a memorandum on February 29, 2008, regarding IFPM implementation responsibilities and consequences.

Click here to review the WO IB 2008-060.


IS-700 (NIMS - An Introduction) and
IS-800.B (National Response Plan - An Introduction)

Although a formal memorandum has not been issued, individuals are encouraged to complete these courses. 

Links for these online courses can be found at:
http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp

NOTE: On February 4, 2008, the Independent Studies Program implemented the EMI course IS-800.B, National Response Framework, an Introduction. For those student who have completed the IS 800.A course but have not completed the examination, a downloadable version exam is provided for use with an OpScan Form. Independent Studies will continue to accept OPSCAN answer sheets for the original IS 800 and IS 800.A until March 31, 2008.  New students should complete IS-800.B to ensure student learning.

Additional information about NIMS can be found on the National Integration Center (NIC) Incident Management Systems Integration Division website:
http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/index.shtm

  


IFPM Policy Change

The NFAEB has modified the use of position competencies within IFPM.

Click here to review FA IB-2008-003.

Click here to review the NFAEB memo.