Fire Management
Advisory Team
Fire Management
Fire Manager
Burn Boss (RxB2)
Incident Commander
Type 4 (ICT4)
Burn Boss (RxB3)
Single Resource Boss
Squad Boss (FFT1)
Firefighter (FFT2)
RX Crew Member
Chainsaw Operator
ATV Operator (ATVO)
Fire Planner
Fire Observer

  Burn Boss (RXB2)

The Burn Boss directs prescribed fire operations and oversees training and qualifications of prescribed fire staff and volunteers at the local level.

Responsibility and Authority

  • directs prescribed fire operations
  • coordinates fire suppression activities
  • directs non-broadcast burns
  • responsible for safe and effective fire operations
  • may prepare or provide technical review of Prescribed Burn Unit Plans and site fire management plans
  • trains and organizes hired prescribed burn crews; conducts annual fireline safety refreshers; administers physical fitness testing
  • confirms crew member training and qualifications, and position currency
  • may serve as a course instructor for entry to mid-level wildland fire courses, and instructs the science and practice of ecological burning

How to become a Burn Boss Type 2

A Trainee must meet prerequisite experience, and an RXB2 must meet minimum total experience, physical fitness, and required training listed below, and complete the RXB2 Position Task Book (PTB) as a trainee on three or more prescribed burns that are supervised by a Type 1 or 2 Burn Boss.

Prerequisite experience to qualify as a RXB2 position Trainee:

Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)
Firing Boss (FIRB) plus an additional Single Resource Boss (Engine Boss is prefered)

Minimum total experience to qualify as a RXB2:

Participation in a total of at least 20 prescribed fires whose primary purpose is not training

Minimum Required Physical Fitness: Moderate

Required Training:

  • S-390 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
  • Workshop on Ecological Burning (WEB); or both RX301-Prescribed Fire implementation, and RX341-Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation
  • Other Training which supports development of knowledge and skills:

  • S-234 Ignition Operations
  • L-380 Fireline Leadership
  • RX-310 Introduction to Fire Effects
  • Rx-410 Smoke Management Techniques
  • Rx-510 Advanced Fire Effects
  • S-490 Advanced Fire Behavior Calculations (prerequisite to RXB1)
  • Aviation:

    A Burn Boss (Type 1 or 2) serving as a passenger in an aircraft on a prescribed fire they are leading or serving as Firing Boss must have the following training and experience: B3 Helicopter/Airplane Safety training, or S-270 Basic Air Operations training; and one trainee experience in the air (this could be from an experienced pilot and/or PLDO operator coaching a first flight or from an experienced FIRB/Burn Boss coaching from the back seat).

    For a Burn Boss on the ground utilizing aerial ignition on a prescribed fire, it is recommended (but not required) they have either B3 (online modules- A101, A105, A106, A108, and A113) or S-270 Basic Air Operations training. B3 safety and training material can be found at Interagency Aviation Training web site.

    Position Task Book:

    Conservancy Fire Manager must Initialize and Agency Certify the RXB2 PTB. The Fire Management Coordinator must Initialize and Agency Certify all task books for a designated Fire Manager.

    Position Currency

    To remain qualified in a RXB2 position:

    • Complete Recurrent Training- RT-130 Annual Fireline Safety Refresher, and Basic First Aid refresher (typically every 2-3 years)
    • Complete annual fitness testing
    • Successfully lead a prescribed burn within a five (5) year timeframe

    Position Documentation

    The Fire Manager has the final authority and responsibility for designating an individual as a TNC Burn Boss. The designation must be made in writing with a memo or letter signed by the Fire Manager, and a copy sent to the Fire Management Coordinator. Sample memo. Meeting all of the above standards for Burn Boss does not automatically qualify and give a person authority to conduct prescribed burns. The designation will depend on the recommendations from fellow burners and careful evaluation of leadership qualities by the Fire Manager. An individual may be restricted to burning in certain fuel types or in specific sites or geographic areas. If an Burn Boss moves to another program, he or she must be redesignated in writing by that program's Fire Manager.

    A Burn Boss is responsible for maintaining awarded training certificates, Position Task Books, fitness test documentation, and a log or record of their wildland fire experience. Upon designation as a Burn Boss, copies of these documents must be sent to the Fire Management Coordinator's central files, record of all Burn Bosses meeting minimum qualification standards. Copies may also be kept in a state or local office in support of a trainee's development or while maintaining a qualified individual's information in the IQCS database.

    Under no circumstances should any Conservancy staff, volunteer, or contractee conduct a burn for which he/she has not been approved in writing as a qualified Burn Boss.

    If a Burn Boss shows persistent deficiencies in fulfilling this role, the Fire Manager may conduct a review of that person's qualification status. TNC Burn Boss status may be permanently or temporarily revoked.

    Last updated November 20, 2012.

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