Has the NWCG looked at reorganizing the typing of some resources? It seems that some of the categories could use a facelift. In some of the categories we have gone away from using numbers, Type 1, 2, 3 to using letter or numbers, Type 2IA, VLAT etc.
For example, currently there are 4.5 categories of Air Tanker
VLAT (type 1)
Currently, to the best of my knowledge there are NO type 2 tankers in the U.S. fleet of air tankers.
Maybe we should reorganize the size of tankers, to better fit the actual aircraft.
type 1 5000-20,000+ (Current VLATs
Type 2 3000-5000 (Current fleet of MD-87’s, BAE-146, C-130’s, Future 737)
Type 3 1200-3000 (S-2’s and anything new that falls in this area)
Type 4 500-1199 (SEATS)
The same can be said for crews. Excluding CalFire, There are no NWCG type 1 crews (To the best of my knowledge) that aren’t Hotshots anymore. What use to be considered a type 1 crew, 10-15 years ago is now a Type 2IA crew.
Once again we are adding letters to the numbering system.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to have
Type 1 (IHC’s)
Type 2 (Hand crews with the ability to break into squads)
Type 3 (17 crew members with a crewboss)
Or am I just off in a fantasy world here?