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Northeast Regional Strategy Committee Newsletter

February 2022

The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee (NE RSC) is established to coordinate and support the national Wildland Fire Leadership Council’s mission and priorities across the 20 Northeast and Midwest states to facilitate understanding of wildland fire policies and frameworks such as the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. The NE RSC provides strategic connections, fosters collaboration, and facilitates addressing regional priorities to support all wildland fire partners and their activities across the Northeast.

Membership includes, but is not limited to, representatives from federal, state, Tribal, local, non-governmental organizations, private industry and other agencies, organizations and individuals as approved by the NE RSC.  
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Roscommon Equipment Center

Tools for the future of wildland firefighting are being shaped at the Roscommon Equipment Center and Forest Fire Experiment Station. The REC provides fire agencies across the nation with specialized wildland firefighting equipment from its cutting-edge design and fabrication shop. Services include:
  • Technical assistance for efficient and safe conversions of surplus federal equipment (Federal excess property program) for rural fire defense.
  • Developing and adapting equipment or technology for improved wildfire control.
  • Testing equipment to determine suitability for wildfire control.
  • Equipment information services including reports and newsletters, workshops, forums and participation in national fire equipment boards.
Contact:, 989-275-5211.

Wildland firefighting agencies may submit a completed project proposal form to for consideration.

NWCG Standards for Recognition of Prior Learning, PMS 309 

These standards establish the use of a formal competency-based qualification process that allows any credentialing authority to recognize and account for competence acquired through life-long learning and experience. RPL is a process that evaluates an individual’s formal and non-formal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required competencies to perform effectively in a specific emergency management or responder position. It is widely recognized that a standardized NWCG RPL process will reduce redundant training, support efforts to increase speed and time to competency, and support efforts to boost national resource surge capacity.
Questions?  Please contact:
Incident and Position Standards Committee
Samples of the referenced handbooks and assessments are available in Word to assist in the establishment of a RPL at the local level.  

Michigan Prescribed Fire Council
Survey Results

Michigan Prescribed Fire Council synthesized results from a survey of their membership and a survey conducted by the Northeast and Midwest Regional PFC Coordinating Group. A document summarizing those results can be viewed at the link below.

Prescribed burn photo by Andy Vander Yacht

Here's the link to the MI PFC survey.

Eastern Region exceeds goal to reduce hazardous fuels in 2021

The USDA Forest Service Eastern Region ended 2021 on a high note, surpassing its annual goal to reduce hazardous fuels in forests and lower the threat of potentially catastrophic wildfires.

Dry timber and brush can serve as hazardous fuels to inflame smaller fires and turn them into highly destructive and potentially deadly wildfires. In 2021, the Eastern Region’s hazardous fuels reduction target was 236,000 acres, with a focus on lowering wildfire risk and increasing ecosystem restoration. Ultimately, the region accomplished 253,581 acres, exceeding the goal by 17,581 acres.

Steve Goldman, deputy director of the Forest Service’s Eastern Region Fire and Aviation Management program, said that hazardous fuel reduction operations took place on national forest lands in 15 of the 20 Eastern Region states — that is, all the states in the region that have Forest Service land. In addition to work on federal lands, states across the Northeast, Midwest and mid-Atlantic run their own fuel management programs supported by the Forest Service’s Cooperative Fire funds, which also reduced hazardous fuels in their locations, Goldman added.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2022

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national campaign that encourages people and organizations everywhere to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks.

It is held in the United States and Canada on the first Saturday in May. Given that in-person gatherings are limited or on-hold in many places, this year’s Prep Day is focused on what residents can do on and around their home to help protect against the threat of wildfires.

Apply for a Project Funding Award courtesy of State Farm
Submit an application for the opportunity to receive a $500 funding award to help support your Preparedness Day project. Include a brief project description about how your project will help reduce the risk of wildfire and advance wildfire preparedness around homes. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 28, 2022.

Meetings and Trainings

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The Northeast Regional Strategy Committee (NE RSC) delivers articles and stories each month that demonstrate the collaborative efforts of agencies, organizations and communities supporting and promoting the three goals of the Cohesive Strategy: Restoring Resilient Landscapes, Creating Fire Adapted Communities and Responding to Wildfire. 
This news update is our primary communication tool with our partners and the public. Looking for more Northeast Region Cohesive Strategy information or past published news update issues? Go to:
GOT NEWS? Does your agency, organization or community have a wildland fire management project or event you'd like to see featured in the NE RSC News Update? Tell us about it! Submissions should be sent by the end of each month to appear in the next monthly issue. Just email to Larry Mastic.
Key Contacts:
Dave Celino

Chief Fire Warden
Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

Larry Mastic
Coordinator, Northeast Region
Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Important Links
Retrieving Northeast (NE) and National Cohesive Strategy (CS) documents and reports
All things CS plus past NE Regional Strategy Committee news updates

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