National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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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FOBS Qualification Requirements

Required Training

Required Experience

  • Satisfactory performance as any Single Resource Boss position including (CRWB, HEQB, ENGB, FELB, FIRB, HMGB)‚Äč
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Field Observer (FOBS) Position Task Book, PMS 311-30

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.

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