National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Incident Commander Type 5

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ICT5 Qualification Requirements

Required Training

Required Experience

  • Satisfactory performance as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) 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.

These Positions Maintain Currency For ICT5

  • Crew Boss, Single Resource (CRWB)
  • Engine Boss, Single Resource (ENGB)
  • Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)
  • Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)

ICT5 Maintains Currency For These Positions

Other Training Which Supports Development Of Knowledge And Skills


The ICT5 position is not prerequisite to the NWCG Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) position.


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