Engine Boss, ENGB
- Identifies tactical capability and limitations of engine.
- Identifies capability and limitations of assigned personnel.
- Compares engine attack method alternatives to type of assignment.
- Applies different types of indirect and direct engine tactics.
- Knows the capabilities, characteristics, and application techniques of the various fire suppressant agents used, (e.g., wet water, foam, gel, blankets, etc.) in engine operations.
- Makes specific tactical assignments for engine.
- Makes assignments based on specific instructions from supervisor.
- Develops alternatives to primary plan based on the possibility of engine/equipment breakdown or failure.
- Makes specific assignments to protect structures (residences, barns, garages, outbuildings).
- Placement of engine, personnel, hose
- Evaluates and triages structures.
- Identifies special hazards (propane tanks, power lines, hazardous materials).
- Structures preparation.
- Application of chemical agents (foam, gel).
- Defensible space.
- Escape/emergency evacuation (cut and run).
- Refuge/shelter considerations (fire shelter, vehicle, structure).
- Entrapment avoidance.
- Water source availability.
- Checks engine communications systems. Ensure compatibility and operation.
- Locates water sources and check for volume, cleanliness, and permission from owner to use water source in engine resupply.
- Sustains water and chemical agent supply for engine assignment.
- Maintains a supply of water to the fire, particularly on critical areas of the line.
- Static supply (lakes, hydrants, creeks, folda- tanks, etc.)
- Mobile supply (water tender shuttle)
- Obtain engine maintenance schedule and ensure engine is maintained.
- Coordinates and communicates with various fireline and support personnel required for engine assignment.
- Identifies and corrects performance deficiencies regarding equipment maintenance, mopup, driving, retardant operations, water source, and supply system.
- Completes assignment within time frame established by incident action plan.
- Directs engine operations in accordance with agency/unit standard operating procedures.
- Attends operational briefings.
- Receives briefing from supervisor.
- Develops plan to protect structures.
- Coordinates and communicates with adjacent forces.
- Locates and maps water sources.
- Identifies and corrects performance deficiencies.
- Ensures engine is maintained.
- Confirms demobilization instructions with supervisor and brief subordinates.
Position Knowledge and/or Requirements
- S-230, Crew Boss
- S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
- Qualified as an FFT1
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