NWCG Standards for Water Scooping Operations, PMS 518
The NWCG Standards for Water Scooping Operations establishes the standards for dispatching, utilizing, and coordinating water scooping aircraft on interagency wildland fires. These standards should be used in conjunction with the NWCG Standards for Aerial Supervision, PMS 505, and any local, state, or geographic/regional water scooping plans.
Please use the NWCG Publication Review Form to submit constructive input into the next version of these standards.
Our mission is to provide national leadership to enable interoperable wildland fire operations among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners. NWCG operations standards are interagency by design; they are developed with the intent of universal adoption by the member agencies. However, the decision to adopt and utilize them is made independently by the individual member agencies and communicated through their respective directives systems.