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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 402A
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

See Wildland Fire Management Technician.


Leads wildland firefighters and performs the full range of wildland fire prevention, suppression and mitigation duties.

Distinguishing Characteristics

As the designated lead worker, assigns, instructs and checks the work of wildland firefighters. Leads crews in initial attack on wildland fires and ensures equipment and crew readiness. Examples of positions at this level include engine operator and helitack squad boss.

Typical Work

Performs pre-suppression activities; as an engine operator, maintains fire engine and ensures equipment and firefighter readiness; maps fire hazards in developed protection areas; develops and maintains fire protection water sources; installs and maintains section line crossing posts; brushes roads for ingress and egress of fire engines; provides information for updating road conditions for GIS mapping; and delivers fire and safety training to firefighters; as a helitack squad boss, ensures support truck, equipment and crew readiness and is responsible for the care and maintenance of tools on assigned aircraft;

Leads wildland firefighters in initial attack on wildland fires, constructs fire control lines, mop-up and protects the fire origin;

Assists helitack operations manager direct assigned crews in all fire operations;

Completes fire reports and narratives for district fire management staff review;

Relays fire behavior information to dispatch and supervisor;

Informs property owners and members of the public on fire regulations and fire prevention;

Assists fire district staff writing burn permits that are under 100 tons, reviews forest patrol assessments, conducts fire tool inspections, assesses extreme hazard and abatement, and assists in fire cost recovery;

Performs the duties of the lower levels in the series;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: wildland fire prevention and suppression techniques and/or tactics; mutual aid agreements with other agencies; forest fire regulations (e.g., Forest Protection Assessment and Outdoor Burning regulations); accepted safety practices and basic first aid procedures; National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards.

Ability to: use hand tools; operate communication hardware including multi-channel two-way radios, computers, and GPS units; educate on or enforce fire regulations; deal with public land access issues; deliver fire training.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High School diploma or GED equivalent and six months of experience in wildland fire suppression and regulation. Valid driver’s license and two years of driving experience.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group qualified as either a Firefighter Type 1 or Helicopter Crew Member, and as an Incident Commander Type 5.

Class Specification History

Establishment, adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.
Add class series concept and base range salary adjustment, adopted 11/10/2021, effective 1/1/2022.
Revised title, definition, distinguishing characteristics, typical work, knowledge and abilities, adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.