The Air Operations Working Team (AOWT) is an interagency group of state and federal partners that cooperate to actively identify and resolve issues and share information in regard to aviation operations that involve training, prescribed fire, wildfire and all risk incidents.
MNICS provides the venue for these interagency partners to develop and share standard procedures, practices and information to facilitate, coordinate and support actions on incidents in Minnesota.
The task of planning, organizing and directing aviation assets for response to emergencies in Minnesota has been delegated by the Governor to two different agencies through Executive Order 10-06:
- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Forestry is the lead agency responsible for coordinating aircraft during wildfire emergencies.
- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), State Patrol, Air Section is the lead agency for coordinating aircraft during non-wildfire (all-risk) emergencies.