Aerial Observer, AOBS
- Makes initial evaluation of fire situations, determines rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements.
- Obtain briefing from work supervisor.
- Obtain materials, transportation and communications.
- Perform general field observations and maintain field map.
- Report hazardous situations.
- Monitor and record weather conditions.
- Monitor incident situation
- Report field data.
- Map and overlay production.
- Attend planning meetings.
- Maintain incident history on maps and narratives as required.
- Prepare ICS Form 209, Incident Status Summary.
- Provide documentation of situation unit activities.
- Confirm demobilization instructions with supervisor.
Position Needs (from FS 5109.17 Handbook):
- I-100, Introduction to ICS
- S-110, Wildland Fire Suppression Orientation for Non-Operations Personnel
- S-130, Basic Firefighter
- S-270, Basic Air Operations
- A-101, Aviation Safety
- A-102, Fixed Wing Safety
- A-105, Aviation Life support Equipment
- A-106, Aviation Mishap Reporting
- A-107, Aviation Policy and Regulations I
- A-109, Aviation Radio Use
- A-113, Crash Survival
- Qualified radio operator
- ICT4 or FOBS
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