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The Northern Rockies Coordinating Group (NRCG) Board of Directors is composed of representatives from the following organizations:

     Montana Firewardens Association
     Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Division
     Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
     Idaho Department of Lands
     North Dakota Forest Service
     Fish and Wildlife Service
     National Park Service
     Bureau of Indian Affairs
     Bureau of Land Management
     U.S. Forest Service
     Fire Chief's Association
     Montana Sheriff's and Peace Officers Association

The NRCG Board of Directors assumes responsibility for all aspects of fire management within the Northern Rockies through a concept of shared program leadership. NRCG strives for consensus rule. NRCG Board of Directors:

Deal primarily with broad, strategic issues and plan for them from an integrated agency
Ensure agency administrators are informed and involved as appropriate in fire management
   issues and operational procedures.
Oversee and foster the planning and execution of fire programs through local, interagency
   networks of Zones, Committees, and Task Forces.
Are responsible for the overall preparedness and performance of all fire service
   organizations in the Geographic Area. Fire reviews may be initiated by NRCG as a way
   to monitor performance.
Function as the Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group as required.
Establish procedures for, and implementation, selection, and management of Northern
   Rockies Type I Teams. Management of teams is delegated to the Operations Committee.
Provide Geographic Area input to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
Annually establish, review, and approve the Northern Rockies Geographic Area
   Interagency Mobilization Guide.
Provide oversight (through Committees) to the Northern Training Center, the Northern
   Region Fire Cache, and the Northern Rockies Coordination Center.
Review and approve annual interagency supplements to the Fire Business Management
   Handbook and the Fireline Handbook.




Phone Number

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Great Plains Region

David Hall
115 4th Avenue Southeast
Aberdeen, SD 54701


Bureau of Indian Affairs
Northwest Region

Cory Winnie
911 NE 11th
Portland, OR 97232


Bureau of Indian Affairs
Rocky Mountain Region

Robert LaPlant

316 North 26th Street
Billings, Montana 59101


Bureau of Land Management

Ken Schmid
Montana State Office, BLM
5001 Southgate Dr.
Billings, Montana 59101


Fish and Wildlife Service

Jim Kelton
Fish & Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228


US Forest Service

Patti Koppenol Chair
Fire and Aviation Management
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, Montana 59807


Idaho Department of Lands

Ken Ockfen
Idaho Department of Lands
3802 Industrial Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814


Montana Department of Natural
Resources & Conservation

Ted Mead
Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
2705 Spurgin Road
Missoula, Montana 59804


Montana Disaster and
Emergency Services

Paul Grimstad
Montana Disaster & Emergency Services
1956 Mt. Majo St
Fort Harrison, Montana 59636


Montana Fire Chiefs Association

Bill Colwell
Missoula Rural Fire District
2521 South Ave.
Missoula, MT 59804


Montana Firewardens Association

Rick Seidlitz - Vice Chair
P O Box 469
White Sulphur Springs, Montana 59645


Montana Sheriffs and Peace
Officers Association

Vern Burdick
Choteau County Sheriff
PO Box 459
Fort Benton, MT 59442


National Park Service

Kelly Kane
National Park Service
P.O. Box
Denver, CO


North Dakota Forest Service

Sarah Tunge
North Dakota Forest Service
916 E. Interstate Ave. Suite #4
Bismarck, North Dakota 58503



Kitty Ortman, Executive Secretary
Fire and Aviation Management
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, Montana 59807


The NRCG Board of Directors will appoint a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson who will serve for 1 year. The Vice-Chairperson shall advance to the office of Chairperson after the completion of 1 year or upon the permanent vacancy of the Chairperson.


The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are responsible for the overall operations of NRCG. The Chairperson calls the meetings and conference calls, sets the agenda, facilitates the meetings and facilitates efforts to reach agreements on issues. The Chairperson will sign NRCG decision documents. A signature by the Chairperson represents consensus agreement by all of the NRCG participating agencies.

The Executive Secretary reports to the Chairperson. The Secretary will ensure meeting notices are distributed, minutes of the meeting are taken, edited, filed and distributed; products from working groups are reproduced and distributed to NRCG members and agencies. The Secretary tracks work commitments, distributes executive committee tasks, prepares decision documents and conducts follow up on the status of NRCG decision implementation.



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