National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Firing Boss, Single Resource

FIRB decorative banner: Four photos depicting firing boss position, firefighter firing a flare, firefighters observing fire, firefighter pointing toward fire. FIRB Position Description:  The Firing Boss leads ground and/or aerial ignition operations and coordinates with holding resources on wildland and prescribed fire incidents. The FIRB supervises assigned firing resources and reports to a Strike Team/Task Force Leader, Burn Boss or other assigned supervisor. The FIRB works in the Operations functional area.

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FIRB Qualification Requirements

Required Training

Required Experience

  • Satisfactory performance as a Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Firing Boss, Single Resource (FIRB) Position Task Book, PMS 311-13

Physical Fitness Level: Moderate

Duties involve fieldwork requiring complete control of all physical faculties and may include considerable walking over irregular ground, standing for long periods of time, lifting 25 to 50 pounds, climbing, bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching. Occasional demands may be required for moderately strenuous activities in emergencies over long periods. Individuals usually set their own work pace.

These Positions Maintain Currency For FIRB

  • Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS)
  • Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3)
  • Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)
  • Operations Section Chief Type 3, Wildland Fire (OPS3)
  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1 (RXB1)
  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)
  • Safety Officer, Line (SOFR)
  • Single Resource Boss including (CRWB, FELB, ENGB, HMGB, HEQB)
  • Task Force Leader (TFLD)

FIRB Maintains Currency For These Positions

Other Training Which Supports Development Of Knowledge And Skills



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