Fire Management
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Fire Management
Fire Manager
Burn Boss (RXB1)
Burn Boss (RXB2)
Burn Boss (RXB3)
Incident Commander
Type 4 (ICT4)
Single Resource Boss
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Firefighter (FFT2)
RX Crew Member
Chainsaw Operator
ATV/ UTV Operator
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The Incident Commander Type 4 directs incidents of relatively low complexity, including oversight of fire suppression actions. With a Type 4 Incident, resource levels vary from single to multiple resource teams from local sources; durations are typically limited to one operational period in the control phase; and personnel are often organized Ad hoc and associated with initial attack situations.

Responsibility and Authority

  • Leads all Type 4 incident activities, including developing strategies/tactics in unfolding circumstances, deploying and releasing resources, and effectively transferring command of an incident as appropriate
  • When arriving as the first IC on an unplanned fire, may assume duties of initial attack IC
  • May serve as a course instructor for entry to mid-level wildland fire courses

How to become an Incident Commander Type 4

An ICT4 must meet minimum training, experience and physical fitness requirements listed below, and complete the NWCG ICT4 Position Task Book (PTB) as a trainee on multiple wildfire assignments.

Required Training:

  • S-200 Initial Attack Incident Commander

Other Training (not required) which supports development of knowledge and skills:

  • S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface
  • S-270 Basic Air Operations

Required experience:
Firing Boss (FIRB), plus one additional Single Resource Boss (Engine Boss is preferred)

Required Physical Fitness:

Position Task Book:
The local Conservancy Burn Boss or Fire Manager may Initialize and Agency Certify the ICT4 Position Task Book. The Fire Management Coordinator must Initialize and Agency Certify all task books for a designated Fire Manager.

Position Currency

To remain qualified as a ICT4:

Position Documentation

A Type 4 IC is responsible for maintaining awarded training certificates, completed Position Task Books, fitness test documentation, and a log or record of their wildland fire experience. The Conservancy may retain copies of these documents in a state or local office for documenting an individual's information in the IQCS database. Last updated July 20, 2017.

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