National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Task Force Leader

TFLD decorative banner: Four photos depicting task force leader position, firefighters at UTV, three firefighters reviewing paperwork, firefighter briefing, fire team reviewing maps.  The Task Force Leader directs a combination of personnel, crews and different types of Incident Command System (ICS) equipment in performing tactical missions on a division or segment of a division, on wildland fire incidents. The TFLD supervises resources at the Single Resource Boss level and reports to a Division/Group Supervisor. TFLD Position Description: The TFLD works in the Operations functional area.

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TFLD Qualification Requirements

Required Training

Required Experience

  • Satisfactory performance as Strike Team Leader including (STCR, STEQ, STEN) (see note)
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Task Force Leader (TFLD) Position Task Book, PMS 311-10


  • Satisfactory performance in any two Single Resource Boss positions (one must be CRWB or ENGB)
  • AND Satisfactory performance as an Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Task Force Leader (TFLD) Position Task Book, PMS 311-10


  • Satisfactory performance in any two Strike Team Leader positions (STCR, STEQ, STEN) (see note)

Note: The Task Force Leader (TFLD) and Strike Team Leader (STCR, STEQ, STEN) PTBs are combined. However, the positions are not combined. Strike Team Leader tasks are completed only once. The required experience for TFLD must be met before completing additional TFLD tasks.

Exception: Once qualified as a Strike Team Leader (STCR, STEQ, or STEN), any additional Strike Team Leader qualification will also qualify the individual as Task Force Leader—without having to complete the Task Force Leader PTB.​

If a TFLD meets the prerequisite experience and qualifications of a STL, the appropriate STL qualification may be granted by the certifying official. Certification must be documented on a ‘verification/certification’ page of the TFLD PTB.”

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 TFLD

  • Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS)
  • Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3)
  • Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4)
  • Operation Section Chief Complex (OSCC)
  • Operations Section Chief Type 1 (OSC1)
  • Operations Section Chief Type 2 (OSC2)
  • 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)
  • Strike Team Leader including (STCR, STEQ, STEN)
  • Structure Protection Specialist (STPS)

TFLD Maintains Currency For These Positions

Other Training Which Supports Development Of Knowledge And Skills




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