National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Firefighter Type 1 (Squad Boss)

FTT1 decorative banner: Four photos depicting firefighter type 1 position, firefighter carrying branches, firefighter with drip torch, firefighter walking with drip torch, group of firefighters working with hand tools. FFT1 Position Description: The Firefighter Type 1 leads a small group (usually not more than seven members) and is responsible for their safety on wildland and prescribed fire incidents. The FFT1 supervises resources at the FFT2 level and reports to a Single Resource Crew Boss or other assigned supervisor. The FFT1 works in the Operations functional area.

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FFT1 Qualification Requirements

Required Training

Required Experience

  • Satisfactory performance as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) Position Task Book, PMS 311-14

Note: The Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) and Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) PTBs are combined. However, the positions are not combined. The FFT1 tasks are completed only once; additional tasks must be completed to meet the ICT5 level. The FFT1 and ICT5 tasks can be completed simultaneously. The required experience is satisfactory performance as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2).

Physical Fitness Level: Arduous

Duties involve fieldwork requiring physical performance calling for above-average endurance and superior conditioning. These duties may include an occasional demand for extraordinarily strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Requirements include running, walking, climbing, jumping, twisting, bending, and lifting more than 50 pounds; the pace of work typically is set by the emergency situation.

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