Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)
The Type 2 Firefighter (FFT2) participates in prescribed fire and other wildland fire operations: ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All Conservancy staff and volunteers actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as either a FFT2 or Prescribed Fire Crew Member (RXCM).
How to become a Firefighter Type 2
A Trainee must meet physical fitness requirement, complete Required Training listed below, and participate on one wildland fire as a trainee.
Prerequisite experience to qualify as a FFT2 Trainee: None
Minimum Required Physical Fitness: Arduous
* See Personnel for a discussion of Online and CD delivery options for these courses
To remain qualified as a Firefighter Type 2:
A Firefighter Type 2 is responsible for maintaining awarded training certificates, fitness test documentation, and a log or record of their wildland fire experience. Typical fire experience log will contain: specific dates and locations of fire assignments; fire name, size, type and fuels; and assignment(s) held (e.g. hand line holding crew, ignition crew, Engine patrol, etc). The Conservancy may (or may not) retain copies of these documents in a state or local office in support of an individual's development or while maintaining qualifications information in the IQCS database.
Midseason FFT2 Training
Many Conservancy fire programs staff their burns with seasonally hired personnel. These people are typically trained to a minimum of FFT2 or RXCM as a group at the start of a burn season.. Due to varying circumstances, a firefighter or burn crew member may leave TNC employment "midseason" and require the program to fill the vacancy on short notice. If the replacement is not already qualified as FFT2, RXCM or above, then the following guidance can be followed as an on-boarding procedure: orientation to relevant policy and procedures of the Conservancy; health and fitness screening; use of the online delivery mechanisms for I-100, S-130, and S-190 courses; complete hands-on safety and equipment orientation including practice fire shelter deployment; and serves as a "trainee" with the Burn Boss and crew on one or more burns. With careful scheduling and instructor attention, this process can be completed over the course of a long work-week.
Note that a FFT2 Trainee is not a qualified firefighter/crew member and may not substitute for a FFT2/RXCM on a prescribed burn unless this substitution is noted and justified in writing on the prescribed burn plan. For example, if a burn plan calls for a minimum crew size of six personnel and the burn boss believes the burn can be safely and effectively accomplished with a crew of five qualified personnel and one trainee, the burn plan can be ammended with justification for this decision. It is strongly recommended that the Fire Manager be consulted on such decisions. See Fire Management Requirement #3 for information on modifying an approved prescribed burn unit plan.
Last updated November 20, 2012.
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