Felling Boss, FELB

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  • Examines felling saw, tools, and supplies for completeness, serviceability, and safety. Saw is typical of the type used by industry fellers. Inspection forms are complete and all unsafe items noted.
  • Initiates corrective action needed to ready felling crew for task assignment.
  • Corrects deficiencies based on inspection of saw, tools, and supplies and analysis of need to complete task or assignment.
  • Keeps the supervisor advised of felling crew progress, problems, and potentially dangerous situations.
  • Follows coordination/ communication guidelines.
  • Coordinates felling and bucking progress with other supervisors in area.
  • Coordinates according to directions/instructions from supervisor.
  • Evaluates any felling and bucking problems relating to personnel, equipment maintenance, fire activity, and hazards.
  • Takes positive action to correct or avoid felling and bucking problems. Felling and bucking is accomplished safely, effectively, and to desired standards.
  • Keeps and records felling equipment and personnel time of each operational period.
  • Forms are complete and accurate to the satisfaction of the Equipment Time Recorder, supervisor, and agency requirements.
  • Attends operational briefing.
  • Obtains briefing from supervisor.
  • Ensures assigned resources arrives at assignment location.
  • Assesses sawyer capabilities prior to fireline assignment.
  • Adjusts felling crew organization to meet changing considerations within guideline constraints from supervisor.
  • Ensures proper use, safety, servicing and maintenance of felling equipment.
  • Confirms demobilization instructions with supervisor and briefs subordinates.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • S-230, Crew Boss
  • S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
  • Qualified as an FFT1
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