Fire Management
Advisory Team
Fire Management
Fire Manager
Burn Boss (RXB1)
Burn Boss (RXB2)
Burn Boss (RXB3)
Incident Commander
Type 4 (ICT4)
Single Resource Boss
Squad Boss (FFT1)
Firefighter (FFT2)
RX Crew Member
Chainsaw Operator
ATV/ UTV Operator
Supervised Participant
Fire Observer


Single Resource Boss (SRB) is a general qualifications label that encompasses different position types, including:

  • Crew Boss (CRWB)
  • Engine Boss (ENGB)
  • Firing Boss (FIRB)
  • Tractor/Plow Boss (TRPB)
  • Dozer Boss (DOZB)
  • Felling Boss (FELB)

Responsibility and Authority

  • Leads crew members and resources associated with the type designation, e.g. the Engine Boss directs a wildland fire engine and crew; a Firing Boss directs a firing operation on a wildland fire
  • May be assigned responsibility for completing Non-broadcast Burns
  • May serve as a course instructor for entry to mid-level wildland fire courses

How to become a Single Resource Boss

A Single Resource Boss must meet minimum training, experience and physical fitness requirements listed below, and complete the NWCG SRB Position Task Book (PTB) as a trainee on multiple fire assignments.

Required Training:

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

  • S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use
  • S-219 Firing Operations
  • L-280 Followership to Leadership

Required experience:
Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)

Required Physical Fitness:
Arduous, except Firing Boss at Moderate


A Firing Boss serving as a passenger in an aircraft on a wildland fire must have the following training and experience: A-100 Basic Aviation Safety Course, 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 Firing Boss on the ground utilizing aerial ignition on a prescribed fire, it is recommended (but not required) they have either A-100 or S-270 training. A-100 Basic Aviation Safety Course can be found at Interagency Aviation Training web site.

Position Task Book:

There are multiple sections to the Single Resource Boss PTB. The front section need only be completed once for all position types. Individual type sections of the PTB are completed, evaluated, and certified individually as they represent different positions.

Local Conservancy Burn Boss or Fire Manager may Initialize and Agency Certify the SRB 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 in a Single Resource Boss position:

Position Documentation

A Single Resource Boss 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 June 24, 2019.

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