Wildland Fire Decision Support System
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About WFDSS

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WFDSS Background

Over the past 30 years, fires have dramatically increased in size and complexity, often stretching the capacity of the management systems in place. The Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) project evolved from the need to streamline and improve these decision-making processes, as well as take advantage of improvements in technology, fire modeling, and geospatial analysis.

The former system, Wildland Fire Situation Analysis (WFSA) has been around for 30 years with little change, has become cumbersome to use, and is not scalable or flexible enough for today’s fire management needs.

In June 2005, the National Fire and Aviation Executive Board chartered WFDSS to replace WFSA in 2009 with a system that has the following capabilities:

WFDSS will also replace the Wildland Fire Implementation Plan (WFIP) and Long-Term Incident Planning (LTIP) processes.

WFDSS has the following advantages over the existing systems:

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WFDSS Timeline

Date

Event

June 2005

National Fire and Aviation Executive Board charters WFDSS Phase I

April 2006

Initial planning and requirements analysis completed

October 2006

Forest Services contracts with IBM to develop WFDSS system

June 2007

FSPro, RAVAR, and SCI WFDSS components available for testing on wildland fires

December 2007

FEC approves continued development of WFDSS for all five federal fire agencies

Winter/Spring 2008

Additional functionality and components added to system

June 2008

Second WFDSS prototype during fire season to test as replacement for WFSA, WFIP and LTIP

February-March 2009

Training Webinars begin

March 6, 2009

USFS Regional Leads designated

April 1, 2009

USFS Agency administrators authorized to use WFDSS for decision reporting

June 1, 2009

USFS Regions 3, 8, 9 complete transition to WFDSS for decision analysis and reporting

July 1, 2009

USFS Regions 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 complete transition to WFDSS for decision analysis and reporting

September 1, 2009

All USFS agency field units entering all unplanned wildland fires into WFDSS

Fall 2009 and beyond

Additional enhancements and maintenance will occur

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WFDSS User Roles

The following sections explain what each user type is allowed to do at the system level in WFDSS. To request additional user roles in Production or Training, contact your Geographic Area Editor. To change your privileges for a specific incident, contact the author of the incident or the geographic area editor.

The user roles of Dispatcher, Author, and Geographic Area Editor are mutually exclusive.

Note: There are also separate user functions associated with the decision-making process. Those functions are incident-specific and not dependent on the system-level roles described here (for example, owner and approver are incident-specific).

Viewer

All users who have access to WFDSS have at least the following privileges, but cannot make changes to the WFDSS data unless they have incident- or analysis-specific privileges:

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Dispatcher

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Author

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Geographic Area Editor

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National Editor

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Fire Behavior Specialist

Users requesting this role should have previous fire behavior modeling experience, including evaluating and modifying landscape files, historic climate, and forecasted weather.

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Super Analyst

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Data Manager

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Help Desk

The Help Desk performs the following tasks:

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Administrator

Comprised of the WFDSS core team and IBM developers.

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