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Estimating Final Cost for an Incident

The Estimated Final Cost is a required component of any decision and should be determined when Course of Action (COA) is developed. It may be used to determine the signing authority for an incident (agency dependent) and/or prioritize incidents in a geographic area. See the annual Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations for additional Agency-specific information regarding WFDSS signing authority.

A variety of methods can be used to estimate final cost and two are accessible on the Cost tab; the Cost Estimator Spreadsheet and Stratified Cost Index (SCI). You can publish a decision without selecting a cost estimation method, but documenting how an incident's final cost was derived will likely inform future cost estimations. If you choose a method not listed on the Cost tab, select Other and use the Decision Editor to document the method and your reasoning. You can add supporting text or images to support the method(s) you chose to use.

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To document the estimated final cost for a course of action:

  1. From the Incident List, select the incident for which you would like to document the Estimated Final Cost.
  2. Click View Information. The Incident Information page appears.
  3. Click the Cost tab.
  4. Add an Estimated Final Cost.
  5. Select the Cost Estimation Method used to determine the Estimated Final Cost for the COA. If the method isn't listed, select Other.

    If Other, use the Decision Editor to add text to the Cost Content that describes the method used and why.

Last updated on 9/21/2015 1:43:41 PM.

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To document the Estimated Cost for an Incident

See Also

Incident Quick Search

Generating KMZ Files from the Incident List

Incident Setup

Incident Ownership

About Relative Risk

Organization Assessment

Management Action Points

Stratified Cost Index

Situation Assessment

About the Assessment Tab

Incident Objectives and Requirements

Course of Action

About the Cost Tab

Estimating Final Cost for an Incident

Adding Incident Notes

Declaring an Incident Out


Field Descriptions

Glossary Resources

Spatial Data Reference

Landscape Data Source Reference

Relative Risk Reference

Organization Assessment Reference

Fire Behavior Reference

About the WFDSS Decision Editors