National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Helibase Manager Type 2 (1-5 helicopters), HEB2

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Incident Positions
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  • Receives mission priorities and develops schedule based upon Incident Action Plan (IAP).
  • Inspects, approves, and numbers helispots (location, limitations as to type of aircraft).
  • Reviews and implements helibase checklist (medivac plan, crash rescue plan, flight following, flight hazards, communication plan, helibase layout, orders sanitation facilities, provides safety equipment, etc.).
  • Briefs and debriefs aircrews and helitack.
  • Checks pilot aircraft cards, helitack crewmembers qualifications.
  • Establishes approach/departure paths for aircraft.
  • Checks load calculations for accuracy, completeness, and currency.
  • Coordinates with ASGS on input to Air Operations Summary, mission objectives/priorities, and maintenance schedules/breakdowns.
  • Coordinates with ATGS on flight following and support to tactical missions.
  • Manages resource/supplies dispatched to helibase.
  • Insures helibase is posted and cordoned.
  • Manages retardant mixing and loading operations.
  • Insures helicopter fueling, maintenance, and repair services are provided.
  • Insures dust abatement is provided and used at helibase/helispots.
  • Insures security is provided at each helibase/helispots.
  • Span of control involves 3 or less helicopters.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • S-371, Helibase Manager.
  • Qualified Helicopter Manager.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
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