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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Planning Section Chief Type 2 (PSC2)Qualified As:SITL orRESL orPSC3 or*OSC2 or*LSC2 or*SOF2Required Training:ICS-400S-420 or L-481Fitness: N Incident Training Specialist (TNSP)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N InfraredInterpreter(IRIN)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:I-100IS-700Fitness: N Human Resource Specialist (HRSP)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700RT-340S-340Fitness: N Interagency Resource Representative (IARR)Qualified As:Agency EstablishedRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO)Qualified As:FFT2Required Training:RT-130S-290Fitness: M Display Processor (DPRO)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N Field Observer (FOBS)Qualified As:Any SRBRequired Training:RT-130Fitness: M Status/Check-In Recorder (SCKN)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100IS-700Fitness: N Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN)Qualified As:FBANorFEMO + FIRBRequired Training:ICS-300IS-800RT-130S-390S-490S-491S-495S-590Fitness: M Demobilization Unit Leader (DMOB)Qualified As:RESLRequired Training:NoneFitness: N Situation Unit Leader (SITL)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-300IS-800RT-130Fitness: L Resources Unit Leader (RESL)Qualified As:SCKNRequired Training:ICS-200ICS-300IS-800Fitness: N Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN)Qualified As:DIVSRequired Training:RT-130S-490S-590Fitness: M Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL)Qualified As:RXB2 + DIVSRequired Training:RT-130S-482Fitness: M Planning Section Chief Type 3 (PSC3)Qualified As:None or SITL or RESL orICT3Required Training:ICS-100ICS-400IS-700Fitness: N Documentation Unit Leader (DOCL)Qualified As:NoneRequired Training:ICS-100ICS-200ICS-300IS-700IS-800Fitness: N

For information on how to interpret this chart, please review Position and Qualifications Chart Guidance.

FOBS Qualification Requirements,
2019

Required Training

  • Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR) (RT-130)

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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Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2019-10-03

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