Fire Behavior Analyst, FBAN

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Incident Positions
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  • Obtains briefing from the Situation Unit Leader, Planning Section Chief, or local knowledgeable source.
  • Obtains incident maps, transportation, radio communications, and weather information.
  • Organizes and supervises subordinates and the work area.
  • Gathers information and prepares fire behavior predictions.
  • Interprets fire behavior predictions and explains outputs to facilitate planning.
  • Prepares and presents fire behavior forecast at planning and operational briefings.
  • Monitors weather and fire behavior.
  • Documents and prepares Fire Behavior Summaries.
  • Maintains ICS Form 214, unit Log.
  • Confirms demobilization instructions with supervisor.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Successful completion of S-490, Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
  • Successful completion of S-590, Advanced Fire Behavior Interpretations
  • Qualified DIVS

Supervisory Controls

The supervisor makes assignments by defining objectives, priorities, and deadlines.

The incumbent independently plans the manner in which assignments are to be carried out, and handles problems and deviations in accordance with policies and accepted practices.

Completed work is usually evaluated for appropriateness, technical soundness and conformity to policy and requirements.  Methods used by the incumbent are not usually reviewed in detail.


Guidelines are available, but may be limited and have gaps in specificity.

The incumbent uses judgment in determining appropriate actions to take by interpreting and adapting existing guidelines (e.g., agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions).


The work includes various duties involving different processes and methods.

Decisions as to what needs to be done depend upon analysis of the subject or phase, and choosing the course of action from many alternatives.  The work involves conditions and elements that must be identified and analyzed to discern interrelationships.

Scope and Effect

The work involves treating a wide variety of conventional problems, questions, or situations in conformance with established criteria.

The work product often affects the success of incident operations.

Personal Contacts

Contacts are primarily with incident personnel and other agency incumbents and managers.

Purpose Of Contacts

The purpose of contacts is to obtain, clarify, or advise on work efforts and to resolve operating problems.

Physical Demands

The work may involve some physical exertion; e.g., when working in undeveloped sites.

Work Environment

The work involves some moderate risk.



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