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USFS Fire Management System Learning Questionnaire for Incident Management Team
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 - Incident Name:
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B - Were management objectives provided to you that specified leader’s intent and priorities for the incident?
C - If they were not provided or leader’s intent/priorities were not clear, were you given the opportunity to help develop/adjust them?
D - Did the local unit clearly identify values at risk from the fire and prioritize the values to be protected?
E - To what degree did the local unit emphasize objectives for the use of fire to achieve resource management objectives?
F - How supportive were the Interagency Cooperators?
G - Did 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?
If the original strategy was revised, how difficult was it to revise and implement.
If the original strategy was revised, to what extent was that information documented?
If the strategy was revised and documented, where was it documented?
Your answer
J - To what degree were discussions held with the local unit related to unnecessary exposure, or risk?
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?
Your answer
M - How engaged was the agency administrator and their staff with the IMT?
If the fire was multi-jurisdictional, were all agencies actively engaged in making management decisions?
Which agencies were most engaged?
Your answer
To what degree did resource shortages/limitations impact selection and implementation of strategy and tactics on this fire?
To what degree did resource shortages/limitations impact selection and implementation of strategy and tactics on this fire?
What was the single most difficult management challenge on this incident?
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N. Do you consider this incident as having successful outcome in the following area?
*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
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*Communicating strategies and tactics with public
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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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