Risk Management & Firefighter Safety and Health

What is risk management?

The deliberate action taken by an organization or individuals to manage risk.

Natural resource and land management work activities are conducted in a wide variety of environmental situations. Every type of terrain, small to large size equipment use, and both indoor and outdoor projects and tasks are common.

All of these situations provide some degree of risk to employees and partners. Achieving the Forest Service's mission and objectives involves facing risks but not at the cost of undesirable and unacceptable consequences to employees, equipment, or the environment.

Taking calculated risks in certain situations is part of a dynamic of preserving core values while stimulating progress in strategies and practices and allows adaptation to changing situations.


U.S. Forest Service Risk Management Council

Forest Service Fire Operations Risk Management Council serves to facilitate and promote wildland firefighter safety. The council encompasses an unparalleled spectrum of skilled professionals sharing knowledge, ideas, expertise, and technology.

The mission of the Risk Management Council (RMC) is to promote a comprehensive, proactive, and recognizable program that significantly advances the effective use of sound risk management practices by Forest Service employees and organizations of Forest Service employees. 


U.S. Forest Service Risk Management Training Resources

Risk 101 Operational Risk Management (ORM) Website

This interactive training experience contains information and resources required to train and implement Operational Risk Management (ORM) processes throughout the range of missions supported by the Forest Service. 

This training is intended to be presented by or coordinated through your regional Forest Service Regional Risk Management Officer (RMO).  To receive credit for this training, RMO's need to be contacted prior to the training and course completion.