Interagency Cache Business System (ICBS)

The Interagency Cache Business System (ICBS) is a warehouse management and inventory system designed to support the unique requirements of the National Interagency Support Cache (NISC) system.  The NISC manages all items that comprise the National Fire Equipment System (NFES) for fire/all hazards incident use.   This inventory includes firefighting tools, personal protective clothing and equipment, fire shelters, pumps, hose, specialized incident communications equipment, forms and training materials.  ICBS is used at fifteen interagency incident support caches hosted by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and state agencies.  

ICBS is used primarily for inventory control; cost and price management; receiving, issuing; receiving and transfer; returns; refurbishment; kitting/dekitting; transaction management; sales and reporting.  ICBS is also used to optimize internal cache warehouse processes such as: location management; picking; putaway; physical inventory counts and disposal.     

ICBS was chartered by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and was developed in a partnership between the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the NISC Managers.  ICBS has been in production use since 2008.