Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a program aimed to promote resiliency to stress, support recovery after crisis, and enhance overall employee wellbeing. CISM services are offered by multiple organizations in the wildland fire community including the US Forest Service, Department of Interior Bureaus, and many state, municipal, and volunteer organizations. The NWCG Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Desk Reference provides information regarding what CISM is and how to request support.
Agency Administrators may request critical incident response through their Geographic Area Coordination Center.
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.