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Report of the workforce capacity workgroup : 2004 protection from fire program review : Oregon Department of Forestry

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  • Report completed by the Workforce Capacity Work Group for the 2004 Oregon Fire Program Review. Technical editing by the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University
  • For a variety of reasons, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Protection from Fire Program is facing growing difficulties in maintaining an adequate wildfire workforce. The Workforce Capacity Workgroup was formed as part of the 2004 Oregon Fire Program Review. The goal of the workgroup was to review workforce capacity issues and recommend strategies to ensure that adequate numbers of qualified and experienced personnel are available to supervise and perform the essential tasks of the ODF Protection from Fire Program fire prevention and suppression system. Issues were identified and recommendations made for each of the following objectives: 1. Review opportunities to ensure, enhance and support the continued use of local landowner and operator resources through establishment of appropriate Administratively Determined (AD) use and rates, qualification standards and provisions for training for local area deployment. 2. Review pilot projects and prototypes currently in place and make recommendations for improvement and expanded use of local overhead resources used at the district level on a statewide basis. 3. Review opportunities to enhance relationships and effective utilization of resources from rural fire departments, rangeland protective associations, Oregon National Guard, etc. 4. Review and modify as needed current policies and direction and make recommendations for effective utilization of contracted firefighting resources in addition to interagency agreements. 5. Review current policies and direct making recommendations for continued and expanded effective utilization of inmate firefighting crews. 6. Review current policies and direction to enhance ODF workforce for firefighting or fire support through sound policies, cost efficient training and fire overhead succession management. 7. Review and make recommendations for full utilization of the Northwest Wildland Fire Protection Agreement (Northwest Compact). HIGHEST Priority Recommendations 1. Adopt the 8-hour Non-Agency Single Resource Boss Program as the statewide ODF standard for non-agency personnel. 2. Review and update the Protection Training & Certification Manual and require only the training, qualifications and fitness standards necessary for each Incident Command System (ICS) position. 3. Identify the critical shortage of ICS positions on a statewide level, and develop and implement a mitigation plan. 4. Strengthen and clarify the responsibility of all ODF employees to participate in the complete and coordinated protection system in an active or supporting role. 5. Provide adequate funding and staffing for effective administration of the Interagency Crew Agreement.
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