Helicopter Manager, Single Resource Boss, HMGB

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Incident Positions
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  • Administers the helicopter contract in the field, and manages the helicopter operations according to established interagency guidelines and procedures.
  • Identifies the differences between CWN and exclusive use contracts.
  • Gathers information necessary to assess incident assignment and determine immediate needs and actions.
  • Establishes agency contacts and identifies chain of command with Fire Management Officer and/or Aviation manager, dispatcher, procurement person, air support group supervisor or other contact on the incident.
  • Develops logistical lines of authority for ordering supplies, transportation, human services, etc.
  • Establishes lines of communication with local dispatch, incident dispatch, radio frequencies, and ordering authority flight following responsibility.
  • Conducts initial contractor inspection by validating cards *both pilot and aircraft), conduct pre-use inspections of aircraft and support/service equipment. Verifies pilot Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Initiates and completes Aircraft Contract Daily diary throughout assignment.
  • Confirms that air-to-air and air-to-ground communication procedures and frequencies are in place.
  • Establishes flight following procedures and air traffic control procedures.
  • Provides for the safety and welfare of assigned personnel during the entire assignment by recognizing potentially hazardous situations, informing all of the situations, ensures that special precautions are taken when extraordinary hazards exist, ensures adequate rest is provided to all unit personnel, develops/acquires and posts flight hazard map, identifies safety equipment needs and appropriate locations, discusses crash rescue procedures with support personnel.
  • Conducts pre and post-flight briefings with contactor for safety, operations, and communications, reviews work performance and provides feedback, and identifies and implements adjustments in operations.
  • Attends daily briefings with agency/incident personnel on mission priorities, operations, weather forecasts and communications.
  • Continuously monitors flight and or duty hours of pilots, mechanics and fuel truck drivers to ensure that hour limitations are not exceeded. Identifies need for relief pilot. Schedules and manages work to ensure limitations are not exceeded. Identifies sunrise and sunset time constraints.
  • Initiates and maintains administrative forms (OAS 23s, shift tickets, rental agreements, etc.)
  • Conducts closeout inspection of aircraft and all support equipment.
  • Ensures all procurement related records and documents are accurate and complete at demobilization. Turns in all documentation to agency authority.
  • Manages CWN helicopters and CWN modules on a temporary basis.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • S-372, Helicopter Manager Training
  • Biennial CWN Helicopter Manager Workshop
  • Qualified HELB, or CRWB, or ENGB
  • Qualified HECM
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
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