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

  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, and 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 related 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 strictly comply. 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

The Conservancy follows a qualifications system that meets or exceeds standards outlined in the National Interagency Incident Management System Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide PMS 310-1 for Interagency wildland fire positions.

This is a performance-based qualification system. Qualification in a position is based on having prerequisite experience, completion of required training, and successful position performance as documented through the completion of a 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.

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 additional requirements are summarized below. See the individual position descriptions for complete details.

  COVID-19 Notice (November 2021)

Due to Covid-19 health hazards, annual Physical Fitness Testing, including pack test, timed run, or other assessments of fitness was optional for personnel (staff and volunteers) who successfully completed a fitness test during the calendar year of 2019. That flexibility was extended into 2021 calendar year. Local TNC managers still screened all individuals using the Par-Q Documentation.

Beginning January 1, 2022, Physical Fitness Testing will no longer be optional, and will be required for TNC fireline personnel. All workers must complete appropriate physical fitness testing in a way that includes hygeine and physical distancing practices as advised for limiting the spread of COVID-19 and the associated virus.

RT-130 Annual Fireline Refresher training is also modified to accept watching the NWCG fire shelter video in-lieu of deploying a practice fire shelter in calendar year 2020.

Online training continues to be acceptable and recommended for
refresher training for First Aid, CPR, and Bloodborne Pathogens.

Experience additional to PMS 310-1:

  • Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) qualification requires participation on one fire as a trainee.
  • Burn Boss (Type 1 or 2) qualification requires participation on a minimum number of 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 preferred).

Training additional to PMS 310-1:

  • Engine Academy (or equivalent)- for Engine Boss, ICT4, and all Burn Bosses
  • Workshop on Ecological Burning (or both Rx-301 and RX-341)- for Type 1 and Type 2 Burn Bosses
  • Basic First Aid and CPR training, including Bloodborne Pathogens, for all field operations positions at or above the level of Squad Boss (FFT1)

Burn bosses (RXB1, RXB2, RXB3) are required to complete burn boss specific safety refresh at minimum biennially to meet currency requirements. See RT-300 Burn Boss Safety Refresher for details.

The Training Pathway chart displays the typical development path from crew member to burn boss, including both Interagency and agency-specific positions (RXCM and RXB3).

Training Pathway

IQCS Database

All Conservancy fire management personnel qualifications will be tracked in the Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS) database to demonstrate compliance with US federal requirements and other qualifications standards. 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 an Incident Qualifications Card is needed:

  • Any staff or volunteers working locally as Prescribed Fire Crew Member (RXCM)
  • Any volunteers, short-term staff or as-needed staff working locally as Firefighter (FFT2) or Squad Boss (FFT1)
  • Volunteers, short-term staff or as-needed staff already in IQS or IQCS via another entity (with a current non-TNC Qualification Card)*

  • * Any burn boss position must be reviewed for compliance with Conservancy qualifications standards and approved in writing by the relevant Fire Manager before the individual may be used to lead a Conservancy burn.

Online and CD versions of training

Both online training and "blended" training, the combination of online and classroom study, is acceptable as long as delivery complies with the rules set forth in the NWCG Field Managers Course Guide.

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. A Qualifications Review Commitee (QRC), authorized by the Fire Management Advisory Team, will examine the person's training and experience documentation and make a recommendation to the Fire Management Coordinator. The Fire Management Coordinator will make the final qualifications determination 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.

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