6 U.S. Code § 321d - National Operations Center
In this section, the term “situational awareness” means information gathered from a variety of sources that, when communicated to emergency managers and decision makers, can form the basis for incident management decisionmaking.
The National Operations Center is the principal operations center for the Department and shall—
(1) provide situational awareness and a common operating picture for the entire Federal Government, and for State, local, and tribal governments as appropriate, in the event of a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster; and
(c) State and local fire service representation
(1) Establishment of position
The Secretary shall, in consultation with the Administrator of the United States Fire Administration, establish a fire service position at the National Operations Center established under subsection (b) to ensure the effective sharing of information between the Federal Government and State and local fire services.
(2) Designation of position
The Secretary shall designate, on a rotating basis, a State or local fire service official for the position described in paragraph (1).