Mobilizing Incident Resources throughout the Southeastern U.S. and Nationally
The Southern Area is one of ten geographic areas throughout the United States established to manage collaboratively wildland fire and other incident management activities such as natural disaster relief efforts. In addition to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Southern Area includes 13 states. These range from Virginia in the north, south to the Gulf states, and west to Texas. In western Oklahoma and Texas, only private lands and state units participate as part of the Southern Area - federal lands in this area coordinate activities through the Southwest Coordination Center in Albuquerque, NM.
Within the Southern Area, there are 35 National Forests, 2 National Grasslands, 1 Forest Service Institute, 143 National Wildlife Refuges, 98 National Park units, 13 State Forestry organizations, one Commonwealth, one Territory, 27 Tribal/Bureau of Indian Affairs units, two Bureau of Land Management units, 12 Regional Agency units, one Government Law Enforcement Training Center, six Department of Defense units, and one State Authority area - for a total of 348 units supported.
The focal point for overseeing all interagency coordination activities throughout the United States and Alaska is the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, ID.
The Southern Area Coordinating Group (SACG) has overall responsibility for prioritizing resource allocation during times of multiple incidents, overseeing the mobilization of emergency resources as a whole, developing incident management teams, and coordinating information and intelligence within the Area.
State Coordination Centers in the Southern Area
Local fire management coordination and mobilization of firefighting resources is handled through the 12 State Coordination Centers. When additional resources are needed, they are ordered through the Southern Area Coordination Center (SACC).
The Southern Area Coordination Center (SACC) is the focal point for mobilization of resources between the 13 states within the Southern Area, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. SACC also supports the resource needs of the other 10 geographic areas by working in concert with the National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC) in Boise, ID.
In addition to coordinating resource mobilization and providing information for decision makers, some of the additional services provided by SACC include:
Developmental dispatcher assignments are available at SACC by completing and submitting an application (with supervisory approval).
If you are planning to work at or visit SACC, the following links may be useful:
SACC and SAOTC Visitor Information (updated March 2018)
SACC Detailer's Handbook (updated June 2019)
Southern Area Operations and Training Center (SAOTC) Information (updated September 2015)