Field Observer

FOBS decorative banner: photos depicting FOBS position. FOBS Position Description: The Field Observer (FOBS) is responsible for collecting incident status information from personal observations at the incident and providing this information to the Situation Unit Leader (SITL) , Division Supervisor (DIVS), and other fireline resources as directed. The information may include but is not limited to, fire perimeter location, onsite weather, fire behavior, fuel conditions, and fire effects information needed to assess firefighter safety and whether the fire is achieving established incident objectives and requirements.

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The Incident Position Description for this position is not yet available.

Incident Position Description development is part of an ongoing improvement effort intended to support the NWCG core mission – to enable interoperable wildland fire operations among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners.

Incident Position Descriptions:

  • Provide the single authoritative source for the essential duties and responsibilities for each NWCG position.
  • Ensure connection between the position and established operational standards.
  • Build consistency (organization, nomenclature, terminology) internal to each position and across the inventory of positions.
  • Prevent unnecessary duplication of duties across positions.
  • Help identify performance support needs such as job aids, training courses, and position task books.

Incident Position Descriptions are derived from source documents that establish operational standards, best management practices, requirements, duties, and responsibilities. See the NWCG Standards Management Cycle webpage for more on this process. 

As with the source materials they are derived from, Incident Position Description management is assigned to NWCG committee/subgroups. See incident position responsibilities.

 

Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2019-10-03

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