What's an Air Resource Advisor
There's a new technical specialist (THSP) available to incident management teams and agency administrators. Air Resource Advisors (THSP-ARA) are trained to be dispatched to an incident to assist with understanding and predicting smoke impacts on the public and fire personnel. They analyze, summarize, and communicate these impacts to incident teams, air quality regulators, and the public.
Smoke from wildfires can have an enormous direct impact on the public and fire personnel, affecting both their health and safety, interfering with transportation and operational safety, and upsetting tourism and local economies. ARA’s are technical specialists with expertise in air quality science including: air quality monitoring, smoke modeling, pollutant health thresholds, and communicating about smoke risks and mitigation. During wildfire incidents when smoke is a concern, their objective is to provide timely smoke impact and forecast information and messages based on best-available science. They work on Incident Management Teams with their PIOs, FBANs, IMETs as well as others addressing smoke issues. They coordinate with multiple agencies to address public health risks and concerns, risks to transportation safety, and fire personnel exposure including in base camp.
What do they do?
Where are Air Resource Advisors deployed?
Air Resource Advisors are deployed across the United States as part of an incident management team responding to a wildfire or by the agency administrator for the land where the fire is occurring.
Current deployments are listed on the Deployments page