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United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Washington Office 14 th  & Independence SW P.O. Box 96090 Washington, DC   20090-6090 File Code: 5130/5330-1/6300 Date: May 26, 2004 Route To: (6100) Subject: Law Enforcement and Security Services for Emergency Fire Incidents  To: Deputy Chiefs, Station Directors, Area Director, WO Staff Directors  Increasing complexities of major fire incidents have changed the need for and role of incident law enforcement and security resources. Peak periods of deployment and increasing demands for interagency support have also increased the demand for use of non-federal or private personnel on Forest Service (FS) fires. FS and other National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) federal agency law enforcement personnel meeting Technical Specialist-Security Specialist Level 1 (SEC1) and Technical Specialist-Security Specialist Level 2 (SEC2) qualifications will continue to be the priority for assignment to those and to Security Manager (SECM) positions on FS incidents. These personnel provide the broadest range of ability and authority. Should a need arise to train or mobilize other resources, this can be done following existing FS and NWCG policy and guidelines, and the direction in this letter. The direction provided herein represents interim direction for the fire security function until related directives and incident publications may be revised. FAM, LEI and AQM staffs are continuing to evaluate incident security and law enforcement issues for additional needed changes. Determining Security and Law Enforcement Needs Security functions include prevention, detection, and reporting activities to enforcement officials, which are a violation of law or are a threat to persons or property, and the establishment of voluntary or administrative systems to provide for the protection of persons and their property. Law enforcement duties include all of the above functions plus the enforcement of federal and/or state criminal laws and regulations, including the exercise of the powers of arrest and the use of force. Managers must ensure that knowledgeable and qualified personnel are determining the full range of needs on an incident for both law enforcement and security functions. Managers must also ensure that personnel are assigned to duties commensurate with their abilities, authority, agency qualification, equipment and clothing. As no training, experience, or law enforcement authority are currently required by the NWCG for the SECM position, incident management personnel should consult with local FS Law Enforcement and Investigations (LEI) personnel if this position is filled by other than SEC1-qualified personnel. SECM personnel cannot personally exercise law enforcement authority and duties on FS fires unless they meet applicable SEC1 or SEC2 qualifications. Where SEC1 personnel are assigned to an incident, the SECM should be SEC1 qualified and shall not be contract or AD personnel. All security and law enforcement   Caring for the Land and Serving People Printed on Recycled Paper     
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