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

  Fire Management Personnel

This section of the Manual focuses on the people engaged in fire management planning and implementation. Included are the details of personnel authority and responsibilities, training and qualifications to further define Fire Management Requirement #4, which states that only qualified personnel may participate in wildland fire management for the Conservancy.

Fire management personnel should include appropriate language in their job descriptions describing their fire roles and responsibilities. Speak to your Human Resources advisor about this issue.

Conservancy Representatives working outside the U.S. must also comply with fire training and qualifications standards. The nature of these standards should mirror the U.S. system in concept, but need not comply strictly. Staff must consult with the Fire Management Coordinator to determine appropriate equivalent training and experience requirements for the country where fire management activities will occur.

Wildland Fire Position Qualification System

In March 2003, The Nature Conservancy adopted position qualifications which met or exceeded those outlined in the training and qualification system described in the National Interagency Incident Management System Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide PMS 310-1. The Conservancy's transition to this standard was concluded June 30, 2005. All Conservancy staff and volunteers now follow the procedures of the Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide.

This is a performance-based qualification system. Qualification in a position is based on having prerequisite experience, completion of required training, and demonstrated successful position performance documented through the completion of position task book (PTB) on fires, job activities, and in simulated exercises or classroom activities. Remaining qualified in a position, Position Currency, is accomplished by the completion of Recurrent Training (RT-130, First Aid, etc), annual fitness testing, and by regular successful position performance.

Explanations of primary fire management positions used by the Conservancy are included in this section of the manual. Additional Interagency positions described in the Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide are accepted and occasionally used by the Conservancy but are not defined here, e.g. Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO) or Helicopter Crewmember (HECM). Refer to PMS 310-1 for minimum qualifications standards for these positions.

NIMS Compliance

Conservancy fire management personnel will be compliant with required NIMS (National Incident Management System) training by the 30 September 2012 deadline set by NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) in the November 2011 version of the PMS 310-1 guide. All personnel must complete the IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction, an online course. The RX Crew Member position does not require completion of NIMS training courses, given it's local and non-emergency response role and function. Refer to other position descriptions in the Manual, or to PMS-310-1 for information about other required NIMS training.

TNC-Specific Qualifications

Conservancy position qualifications exceed those described in PMS 310-1 in that additional training and experience are required for some Interagency positions. These additonal requirements are summarized below. See the individual position descriptions for complete details. The Training Pathway chart displays a typical development path from Crew Member to Burn Boss, including both Interagency and agency-specific positions (RXCM and RXB3).

Experience additional to PMS 310-1:

  • Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) qualification requires participation on one fire as a trainee.
  • Burn Boss (Type 1, 2 or 3) qualification requires participation on a total of at least 20 prescribed burns whose primary purpose is not training; the individual must successfully serve as a trainee under the supervision of a qualified burn boss on at least 3 of the 20+ burns; and the individual must be qualified in a Single Resource Boss position additional to Firing Boss (Engine Boss is prefered).

Training additional to PMS 310-1:

All individuals qualified at the level of Squad Boss (FFT1) or above must maintain currency in Basic First Aid and CPR.

Training Pathway

Position Flow Chart

IQCS Database

All Conservancy fire management personnel qualifications will be tracked in the IQCS database to demonstrate compliance with US federal requirements and other qualifications standards. All current staff and volunteers will be entered into the system by December 31, 2012. It is important to note: tracking an individual's qualifications in the database does not imply a need for TNC to issue an Incident Qualifications Card. However, if such a card is needed, the IQCS system shall be used to issue the card. Conservancy staff should be in this database under the TNC identification code, and not in under the management of a partner federal agency. Nor should Conservancy staff be in the IQS database of a state or private partner.

EXCEPTIONS. The following personnel are not required to be tracked in IQCS unless a Qualifications Card is needed:

  • Volunteers working locally as RX Crew Member position
  • Short-term and as-needed hires of RX Crew Member position
  • Short-term or as-needed hires already in IQS or IQCS via another entity (with a current non-TNC Qualification Card)
  • Online and CD versions of training

    The NWCG has approved CD and Online course delivery of I-100 Introduction to Incident Command System, S-130 Firefighter Training, S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, and S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior. CD or online delivery of S-130 must include a field day of hands-on training, along with successful student deployment of practice fire shelter.

    The Conservancy will accept this training as long as it is conducted according to the rules set forth by NWCG for delivery and administration in the Field Manager's Course Guide. However, we believe there are advantages to face-to-face classroom contact between an instructor and students. Conservancy burn bosses are responsible for training of their crews. Burn bosses should discuss CD and online options with their Fire Manager and come to concensus on how use this type of training within their program.

    Qualifications Review Committees

    There may be justification for waiving some of the standard training or taskbooks for specific individuals, for example, a new employee who has significant fire experience, but whose former employer did not use the NWCG qualifications system. In these cases, the person's training and experience documentation will be examined by a Qualifications Review Commitee (QRC), authorized by the Fire Management Advisory Team. The final qualifications determination will be made by the Fire Management Coordinator after receiving a recommendation from the QRC on a Qualifications Review Worksheet. To request a qualifications review, contact your Fire Manager, who will review your request and if appropriate, bring it to your representative on the Fire Management Advisory Team.

    Last updated November 20, 2012.

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