BURN BOSS TYPE 1 (RXB1)
The Burn Boss Type 1 directs prescribed fire operations on low, moderate and high complexity burns, and oversees training and qualifications of prescribed fire staff and volunteers at the local level.
Responsibility and Authority
How to become a Burn Boss Type 1
An RXB1 must meet minimum training, experience and physical fitness requirements listed below, and complete the RXB1 Position Task Book (PMS 311-74) as a trainee on two or more high-complexity prescribed burns that are supervised by a Type 1 burn boss.
Other Training (not required) which supports development of knowledge and skills:
Required Physical Fitness:
Position Task Book:
For a burn boss on the ground utilizing aerial ignition on a prescribed fire, the training described above is recommended but not required. A-100 Basic Aviation Safety training can be found at Interagency Aviation Training.
To remain qualified in a RXB1 position:
The Fire Manager has the final authority and responsibility for designating an individual as a TNC Burn Boss Type 1. The designation must be made in writing with a memo or letter signed by the Fire Manager, and a copy sent to the Fire Management Coordinator. Sample memo. Meeting all of the above standards for RXB1 does not automatically qualify and give a person authority to conduct prescribed burns. The designation will depend on the recommendations from fellow burners and careful evaluation of leadership qualities by the Fire Manager. An individual may be restricted to burning in certain fuel types or in specific sites or geographic areas. If a burn boss moves to another program, he/she must be re-designated in writing by the new program's Fire Manager.
A Burn Boss is responsible for maintaining awarded training certificates, completed Position Task Books, fitness test documentation, and a log or record of his/her wildland fire experience. Upon designation of a burn boss, the local program must send copies of these documents to the Fire Management Coordinator. Copies may also be kept in a state or local office for documenting an individual's information in the IQCS database.
Under no circumstances should any Conservancy staff, volunteer, or contractor conduct a burn for which he/she has not been approved in writing as a qualified Burn Boss.
If a Burn Boss shows persistent deficiencies in fulfilling his/her role, the Fire Manager or Fire Management Coordinator may conduct a review of that person's qualification status, and may permanently or temporarily revoke Conservancy burn boss status.
Last updated June 2, 2017.
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