Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS)

Posted: October 23, 2017

ROSS Practice Scheduled Outage 10/25/2017.

ROSS Practice unavailable all day Wednesday, October 25, 2017 for scheduled maintenance.
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NOTICE POSTED 06/30/17 at 0745 MDT

Vendor Bypass Reason Defect


VIPR Bypass documentation is showing on unrelated requests.

When a request is filled from the VIPR tab and VIPR Bypass information is documented on the request, the information may inadvertently appear as documentation on unrelated requests from any catalog.

Example: O-78 is an Overhead catalog request and filled with an Overhead resource.

Note the documentation contains inappropriate VIPR Bypass information for a WATER TENDER that was previously filled from the VIPR tab.


The work around is to close the Pending Request screen after filling a request that requires Bypass documentation.  Closing and re-opening the Pending Request will clear the Bypass documentation such that it is not added to the next request that is filled.

Please contact the IIA Help Desk at 866-224-7677 if you need assistance.


The National Interagency Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS) operates in an estimated 400 interagency dispatch and coordination offices throughout the Nation. The ROSS tracks all tactical, logistical, service and support resources mobilized by the incident dispatch community. 

In 1998, the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) chartered the ROSS Project to automate the manual resource status and ordering business process which primarily operated over telephones. 

ROSS operates under the guidance of the National Mobilization Guide and Dispatch Guides / Procedures. Policy is set by NWCG member agencies. 

ROSS Project Team
The United States Forest Service (USFS) has been designated by the NWCG as the agency that is accountable for representing the interests of all NWCG member organizations. The USFS is the Managing Partner for ROSS and provides the primary share of financing. Beth Spencer, is the Project Manager who is accountable for all aspects of the system.


VIPR/ROSS interface

The VIPR/ROSS interface was implemented 02/29/2016. Dispatch centers with VIPR Dispatch Priority Lists will see VIPR resources populating both the Resource Status screen and the VIPR tab on the Pending Request screen in ROSS. 

Reconciling duplicate resources:  It is possible there will be a VIPR resource from the VIPR database and a “hand entered” VIPR resource in your ROSS database. VIPR/ROSS  Duplicate Resource Cleanup can help you resolve duplicate resources. 

Questions? Contact your ROSS GACC Representative (see list below) or your GACC.

Eastern Area and Southern Area – Melinda Brogden -
Northern Rockies and Northwest – Gina Papke –
Northern and Southern California – Jerry Clements –
Great Basin –  Shep Crim -
Rocky Mountain – Beth Spencer –
Alaska and NICC – Mary Toews –
Southwest – Beth Grey Cloud –