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USFS Fire Management System Learning Questionnaire for Agency Administrators
As identified in the 2016 Life First engagements sessions, we have committed to conduct learning reviews of successful operations across a spectrum of complexity in each Forest Service Region to improve decisions this fire season and beyond, as well as to begin developing a capacity for organizational learning to ensure information is distilled into actionable knowledge and effectively communicated. Our goal with the questionnaire is to help meet these commitments, and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the wildland fire system to learn how all the components are operating, and share best practices.

We request that these questionnaires be completed on all type 1 and 2 incidents with USFS jurisdiction, and welcome responses on any others.

The Agency Administrator (AA) questionnaire asks for the home unit name, and the Incident Management Team (IMT) questionnaire asks for the incident name. Though this information can identify specific AAs and IMTs, this information will not be used in any reports or published anywhere. It is however necessary to align contrasting questions and ensure both questionnaires are referring to the same incident.

Thank you for your response!

A - Home Unit Name:
Your answer
B - To what degree did you provide the IMT with management objectives that specified leader’s intent and priorities for the incident?
C - If the IMT asked for clarification, to what degree did they help develop/adjust leader’s intent/priorities?
D - Did you convey, and/or have your partners convey specific values at risk to be protected and priorities?
E - To what degree did you emphasize objectives for the use of fire to achieve resource management objectives?
How effectively did the IMT use this information?
F - How engaged and supportive were your Interagency Cooperators?
To what degree does your LRMP include how objectives will be accomplished within the context of wildland fire response operations?
To what degree does your LRMP include objectives for the use of fire to achieve resource management objectives?
How engaged were your community members in wildfire management issues prior to this incident?
G - Do the cooperators influence your decisions more than the public?
H - To what degree were alternative strategies identified, analyzed and discussed between the IMT and local unit? 
I - If these discussions took place, to what degree did they alter strategy and tactics?
J - To what degree were specific issues of unnecessary exposure, or risk, identified and discussed with the IMT?
K - If these discussions took place, to what degree were strategies and tactics altered in consideration of minimizing unnecessary exposure, or risk?
L - How do you define unnecessary risk and minimizing exposure?
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M - How proactive was the IMT in engaging the agency administrator and their staff?
To what degree was stakeholder support enhanced through the management of this fire?
Please give an example of enhanced stakeholder support
Your answer
Check any “special initiative” landscapes present within the planning area?
If OTHER, please describe
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To what degree did this special initiative landscape play a role in the outcome of this fire? Skip if none were present.
Please describe this role and any other impacts of the initiative on fire management on the landscape. Skip if none were present.
Your answer
Was there information that you needed that you were not able to obtain in a timely manner in order to make decisions? Please be specific.
Your answer
Were you involved in a cost apportionment/share process?  If so, did you think it was a fair and equitable result? Skip if not applicable.  
N - Do you consider this incident as having a successful outcome in the following areas?
*Minimization of unnecessary exposure and risk
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*Achieving resource and other LRMP objectives
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*Enhancing collaborator/partner relationships
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*Coordination with local unit
Your answer
*Communicating strategies and tactics with the public
Your answer
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O - Is there a question you wish we would have asked? Do you have any other comments?
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