Southwest Coordination Center
333 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
The Southwest Coordination Center (SWCC), referred to affectionately as 'swick' within the wildland fire community, is an interagency logistics coordination center responsible for coordinating and facilitating the movement of wildland firefighting resources between Twelve Dispatch Centers in the Southwest Area and, as needed, nationally with the National Coordination Center (NICC) in Boise, ID.
Although located at the U.S. Forest Service Southwestern Regional Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SWCC operates under the direction of the Southwest Area Coordinating Group (SWCG), not any one specific agency. As an interagency office, permanent employees of the SWCC come from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management - Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management - New Mexico State Office, National Park Service - Intermountain Region, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Southwestern Region, and U.S. Forest Service - Southwestern Region. SWCC, as a unit, does not own any wildland firefighting resources.
SWCC is divided into two functional areas (1) Logistical Operations and (2) Predictive Services & Intelligence:
(1) Logistical Operations is the largest of the program areas within SWCC responsible for mobilization and demobilization of wildland firefighting resources to incidents within the SWA and throughout the nation. Area Coordinators manage this program and are responsible for the overall dispatch operation at SWCC, liaison with the National Coordination Center (NICC), and being the focal point for resource order related questions.
(2) Predictive Services and Intelligence Operations is the decision support side of SWCC, bringing together fire weather, fire behavior, and fire intelligence under one umbrella to produce a number of individual and outlook products. In SWCC, the Fire Weather program consists of professional Meteorologistsis who are primarily responsible for conducting weather briefings, monitoring weather and verifying products, liaison with the National Weather Service, overseeing all aspects of the Remote Automated Weather System (RAWS) for the Southwest Area, and creating and disseminating the 7-Day Fire Weather / Fire Danger product, and monthly and seasonal outlooks. The Intelligence Operations Section is responsible for (1) collecting and disseminating daily wildland fire and prescribed fire activity information, (2) managing the Southwest Area Sit Report and ICS-209 programs, ftp.nif.gov site, and SW Fuel Moisture Program, (3) collaboratively working with other Predictive Services Group members on 7-Day, Monthly, and Seasonal Outlook Products, (4) monitoring the status of national firefighting resources, (5) creating and disseminating SWCC Morning Intelligence Briefing, News and Notes, Large Fire Maps, ROSS Reports, YTD and Historical Fire Occurrence Data, Area-wide and individual station ERC Charts, etc, and (6) overseeing and managing the Southwest Coordination Center website.
Although SWCC does not have a permanently assigned Public Affairs / Fire Information Officer, the Fire and Aviation Management Division of the USFS Southwestern Region provides ongoing support to SWCC with their Regional Public Affairs Officer. During an active fire season, FAM/SWCC will order in a Type 1 or 2 Fire Information Officer (PIO1 or PIO2) to work with the Regional Public Affairs Officer. Primary duties of the Fire Information Officer (PIO1 or PIO2) is to provide wildland fire information to the interal USFS Fire Leadership, coordinate news media activities, create and disseminate general public news releases, and respond to requests from internal and external sources.
|Kenan Jaycox||Center Manager||NM-BLM||SWCC Administration
|Frank Bedonie||Area Coordinator||BIA||Crew Coordinator
|Tony Diaz||Area Coordinator||USFS||Equipment / Supplies Coordinator
|Nancy Moore||Area Coordinator||AZ-BLM||Aircraft Coordinator
Incident Management Team Rosters
|Kim Owczarzak||Dispatcher||AZ-BLM||Aircraft Dispatcher
SWCC Mobilization Guide
|PREDICTIVE SERVICES & INTELLIGENCE|
|Chuck Maxwell||Predictive Services||USFWS||Program Manager
|Rich Naden||Predictive Services||NPS||RAWS / WIMS Coordinator
|Jay Ellington||Intelligence Operations||NPS||Intelligence Coordinator
SIT / 209 Program