Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Wildfire Management Branch
I-Team (Information Team)
When fires burn for extended periods, or where the work load is heavy, we may call upon specialized fire support teams including fire management teams and information teams. Information Teams handle media, public, and community relations.
The two member I-Team takes direction from the Incident Commander with support from the Fire Centre. They assess fire information requirements, carry out fire information operations, and train local staff to support information activities.
An I-Team can be assigned to a single fire, or to a Fire Centre during multiple-fire situations. The Fire Centre contacts the PFCO with a request to mobilize an I Team. The Fire Centre spokesperson works with the I Team.
Information duties are given back to the Fire Centre when activities return to normal levels.
Fire Management Teams
When wildfires burn for extended periods, or when complex fires occur, we may call upon Fire Management Teams to assume the management of the wildfire or complex. The main objectives of these teams are to be on-site within 24 hours, ensure operations are being conducted in a safe manner, establish security and asset controls, develop and implement action plans, and accurately complete all required reports current to the team's release date.
Type I Teams
Each member of a Type I team has a type I fire certification level and include:
Specialty positions such as Fire Behaviour Officers, Air Branch Directors, and Safety Officers work under one of the above as required and can be supplied on request as incidents demand.
Type II Teams
Each member of a Type II team has Type II fire certification level and include an Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, and Logistics Section Chief.