RX Burn Boss Type 1, RXB1

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Prescribed Positions
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  • The Prescribed Fire Burn Boss is responsible to the agency administrator or Prescribed Fire Manager for implementing the Prescribed Fire Plan
  • Review prescribed Fire Plans prior to implementation and ensure that plan requirements are met
  • Perform a reconnaissance of the site to validate burn plan elements, including areas of special concern and that holding/contingency plans adequately address the expected fire behavior outside of the unit
  • Maintain communication with the FMO and/or Agency Administrator
  • Obtain weather forecasts, updates and advisories from a meteorologist
  • Ensure that the Agency Administrator Go/No-Go decision and checklist is still valid
  • Coordinate with resource advisor and or land owners and permittees when burning on or adjacent to private lands
  • Make the go/no-go decision, complete and sign the implementation go/no-go checklist
  • Conduct the personnel/safety briefing to ensure a safe operation
  • Conduct the test burn
  • Supervise assigned personnel
  • Direct the ignition, holding and monitoring operations
  • Ensure that a log records all activities during each operational period
  • Determine when the prescribed fire is not within prescription parameters or is not meeting project objectives
  • Manage the incident or oversee the transition to another Incident Commander if an escape occurs
  • Evaluate and document objective accomplishments, operational procedures, assigned personnel and costs
  • Declare the prescribed fire out unless the project is formally passed to another burn boss, prescribed fire manager or the local fire management organization
  • Ensure that reports are completed

Position Needs:

  • Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations (S-490)
  • Satisfactory performance as a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 AND
  • Satisfactory performance as an Incident Commander Type 3 AND
  • Satisfactory position performance as a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1 in representative fuel group(s)
  • Recommended training includes: Smoke Management Techniques (RX-410), Applied Fire Effects (RX-510), Fire in Ecosystem Management (M-580), Fire Program Management (M-581)
  • RX300 and RX341


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