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Incident Command System

Air Support Group Supervisor

Aircraft Operations
The following sections provide information on this position:
Air Support Group Supervisor - General

The Air Support Group Supervisor - is primarily responsible for supporting and managing helibase and helispot operations and maintaining liaison with fixed-wing air bases. This includes providing:

  • Fuel and other supplies.

  • Maintenance and repair of helicopters.

  • Retardant mixing and loading.

  • Keeping records of helicopter activity, and

  • Providing enforcement of safety regulations.

These major functions are performed at helibases and helispots. Helicopters during landing and take-off and while on the ground are under the control of the Air Support Groups Helibase or Helispot Managers. The Air Support Group Supervisor reports to the Air Operations Branch Director (AIROPS).

Air Support Group Supervisor - Specific Responsibilities

The major responsibilities of the Air Support Group Supervisor are:

  • Review Common Responsibilities

  • Obtain a copy of the Incident Action Plan (IAP) from the Air Operations Branch Director (AIROPS) including Air Operations Summary Worksheet (ICS Form 220, 4 KB PDF*).

  • Participate in AIROPS planning activities.

  • Inform AIROPS of group activities.

  • Identify resources/supplies dispatched for the Air Support Group.

  • Request special air support items from appropriate sources through Logistics Section.

  • Identify helibase and helispot locations (from IAP) or from AIROPS.

  • Determine need for assignment of personnel and equipment at each helibase and helispot.

  • Coordinate special requests for air logistics.

  • Maintain coordination with airbases supporting the incident.

  • Coordinate activities with AIROPS.

  • Obtain assigned ground-to-air frequency forhelibase operations from the Communications Unit Leader (CUL) or Incident Radio Communications Plan (ICS Form 205, 2 KB PDF*).

  • Inform AIROPS of capability to provide night flying service.

  • Ensure compliance with each agency's operations checklist for day and night operations.

  • Ensure dust abatement procedures are implemented at helibases and helispots.

  • Provide crash-rescue service for helibases and helispots.

  • Ensure that Air Traffic Control procedures are established between helibases and helispots and the Air Tactical Group Supervisor, the Helicopter Coordinator or the Air Tanker/Fixed-Wing Coordinator.

  • Maintain Unit/Activity Log (ICS Form 214, 5 KB PDF*).

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