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UAS Ordering

Interagency Fire UAS Ordering – 10/12/2022

Important:  Please take time to read the instructions on this page before calling the UAS coordinator.  


    Federal UAS ordering scenarios:

    1. Agency UAS for situational awareness/IR/mapping (Ordered as O Number)
    2. Agency UAS for aerial ignition (Ordered as A Number) 
    3. CWN contract UAS for large fire (Ordered as A Number)

    See below for ordering specifics on each type of scenario.  

    More information about UAS Typing and available aircraft is available from the Systems page 

    Guidelines and Notes for UAS Ordering

    • If not a local operation, UAS Orders should be coordinated with the Regional UAS Specialist or Agency Representative
    • UAS personnel are in high demand. Please order trainees when approved/possible to help build the future capacity of the interagency UAS program.
    • Cooperators wishing to fly UAS on federally managed incidents must have a Cooperator letter issued by DOI or USFS.
    • If not a local operation, RX Fire UAS Operations (including Aerial Ignition) should be coordinated with the Regional UAS Specialist or Agency Representative

     


    Scenario 1:  Agency UAS for Situational Awareness/IR/Small Area Mapping

    UAS Type 3 or 4, Ordered as an O Number  

    Place the below orders through your respective dispatch/ordering unit: 

    • UASP (If UASP trainee is desired, make sure that the order for a fully qualified UASP has been filled)
    • UASD (if a geospatial product such as fire perimeter/area or orthomosaic is desired)

    In the Special Needs section note:

    • Specify Type 3 or 4 with desired capabilities.  Example: Need Type 3 UAS with EO and IR capabilities.
    • Other small UAS, sensors, support equipment, cell phone, tablets, televisions, laptops authorized per 41 CFR 102 33.20 
    • Large SUV/Pickup Truck, off road capable rental vehicle or NERV large SUV/Pickup Truck (emergency operations only), off road capable vehicle authorized. 

    There is no need to place a separate order for the UAS (aircraft order). UASPs are equipped with agency UAS.

    Available Type 3 and 4 UAS:

    • M-600 (Type 3)
    • Alta X (Type 3, USFS.  More information coming soon)
    • Mavic (Type 4)
    • Anafi (Type 4)
    • Switchblade (Type 4, USFS.  More information coming soon)

     

    Scenario 2:  Agency UAS for Aerial Ignition

    UAS Type 3, Ordered as an A number

    Place the below orders through your respective dispatch/ordering unit:

    • Unmanned Aircraft - Rotorwing - Type 3

    In the Special Needs section, note:

    • Type 3 with Aerial Ignition PSD Machine and IR/EO Camera Sensor
    • Other small UAS, sensors, support equipment, cell phone, tablets, televisions, laptops authorized per 41 CFR 102 33.20 
    • Large SUV/Pickup Truck, off road capable rental vehicle or NERV large SUV/Pickup Truck (emergency operations only), off road capable vehicle authorized. 

    Aerial Ignition Type 3 UAS are also capable of Situational Awareness/IR/Small Area Mapping missions.

    There is no need to place a separate order for the UASPs. Order will be filled with 2 UAS Aerial Ignition Remote Pilots.    

     

    Scenario 3:  Call When Needed Contract UAS

    Type 1 or 2, Ordered as an A number

    • CWN UAS are a national resource and must be ordered through the NICC Aircraft Desk. 
    • Order either Unmanned Aircraft, Fixed Wing Type 1 or Fixed Wing Type 2.

    There is no need to place a separate order for the UAS overhead. UAS Overhead (UAS Manager and UAS Data Specialist) are ordered as subordinates to the A number.  

    In the Special Needs section, note:

    • Cell phone, tablets, laptops authorized
    • Large SUV/Pickup Truck, off road capable rental vehicle or NERV large SUV/Pickup Truck (emergency operations only), off road capable vehicle authorized.
    • Trainees authorized

     


    UAS Coordinator

    There is an on-call UAS Coordinator available to answer questions regarding UAS capabilities and to help determine the type of UAS (1-4) and UAS positions (UASP, UASD, UASM, or UASL) to order.

    The purpose of this position is to provide information to decision makers/ordering units. Prioritization of UAS resources should be performed in accordance with established local/GACC/national procedures. 

    If you still have questions after reading this page, please contact the UAS Coordinator.    

    The UAS Coordinator can be reached @ 208-387-5335