Purpose of AOP.
This Operating Plan serves as the official document governing the
interaction and relationships between the National Weather Service
offices that serve South Carolina, and the federal, state and local
land management agencies in the state of South Carolina.
Explanation of relationship between AOP and MOU.
This State Operating Plan is issued in lieu of a formal Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) between the National Weather Service, US Forest Service,
SC Forestry Commission, and other land management agencies that rely on fire
weather support. The plan will also outline forecast operations and services
available to users. This includes products and formats, dissemination and
coordination, and the responsibilities of the customers.
This Operating Plan will be the governing document for fire weather procedures
and cooperation among the following agencies:
- National Weather Service
- US Forest Service
- National Park Service
- South Carolina Forestry Commission
- US Army, Department of Defense
- Savannah River Site
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- The Nature Conservancy
This Operating Plan for Fire Weather Services conforms with the
Interagency Agreement for Meteorological
Services , valid from 2008 through 2012.
The Southern Area Mobilization Guide and the National Mobilization
Guide further define the relationship between the wildland fire
agencies and the NWS Incident Meteorologist.
Partners, customers and users shall be defined as any person, group, agency or body which uses the products and services provided by the NWS in support of fire operations.