National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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

Sector Boss

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This module looks at how a sector boss works through a typical day on the fireline and all associated tasks they need to accomplish, check on, and manage.
Category: Leadership
Core Component(s): Other Hazards & Safety Issues
Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 12:11



Examine the historical position of Sector Boss and how the leadership organization has evolved. Identify elements of firefighting that have changed over the years and elements that remain the same today.‚Äč

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video and module tools.
  • Consider additional activities and discussion questions pertinent to the location and agency.

Facilitating the Discussion

  • Show the video.
  • Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  1. Are the strategies and tactics different today than they were in 1970?
  2. How have our safety practices changed over the years?
  3. Which present day position most closely resembles the Sector Boss?
  4. From your experience on large fires, where does communication typically breakdown?
  5. How do you mitigate communication breakdowns?


Video Information

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