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NATIONAL INTERAGENCY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

TASK BOOK FOR THE POSITION OF
STRIKE TEAM LEADER
CREW (STCR)
ENGINE (STEN)
DOZER (STDZ)
TRACTOR/PLOW (STPL)

(POSITION PERFORMANCE ON A WILDLAND OR PRESCRIBED FIRE ASSIGNMENT REQUIRED)

TASK

CODE*

MOBILIZATION

  1. Inspect assigned resources for:
  • Qualifications of personnel.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Establish and maintain personnel accountability.
  • Type(s) of equipment/tools and operating condition.
  • Communication capability.

 

O

  1. Survey assigned units for radio frequencies and ID numbers.
O
  1. Report strike team status to agency dispatcher or supervisor. (Include any units that fail to arrive or fail readiness inspection).
O
  1. Brief assigned unit leaders and determine route of travel, en route logistical needs (fuel, food, etc.). Determine proper formation, communications, and en route check points.
O
  1. Direct units during travel to check-in point. Follow correct agency procedures in event of breakdown or accident en route.
O / R

INCIDENT ACTIVITIES

  1. Attend operational period briefing prior to assignment.

 

I

  1. Obtain briefing from supervisor.
  • Request and receive briefing from supervisor regarding initial instructions concerning work activities, who, what, when, where, and why.
  • Review and compare tactical assignment with incident objectives to determine feasibility of assignment. List problems that may be encountered. Discuss conclusions with supervisor.
  • Request clarifying information or resolution from immediate supervisor as required.
  • Obtain Incident Action Plan (IAP) when available.
I
  1. Ensure assigned resources arrive at assignment location.
I
  1. Plan tactical action on assigned area based on objectives of IAP, division/group assignments (ICS Form 204), and fire behavior outputs.
  • Match resource capability with needed tasks.
  • Identify what impacts modified suppression objectives will have on resource assignments.
  • Determine situations that might modify tactics.
  • Identify effective use of assigned
    resources.
  • Identify and assess values to be protected and assign resources.
W / RX
  1. When at assigned work location, brief and assign tasks to resources based on IAP objectives, division/group assignments, and resource capabilities.
  • Brief Single Resource Bosses using information from IAP.
    • Safety (Standard Fire Orders, Watch Out Situations, LCES, and Urban
      Interface Watch Out Situations).
    • IAP objectives and division/group control assignments.
    • Work standards, expectations, and Employee Code of Conduct.
    • Weather (in conjunction with IAP).
    • Communication (in conjunction with IAP).
    • Expected fire behavior.
    • Explain organization.
  • Describe mopup practices and standards.
  • Discuss minimum impact suppression principles.
W / RX
  1. Coordinate activities with adjacent Strike
    Team/Task Force Leader(s) and single
    resources.
  • Contact adjoining resources.
  • Make list of supervisors of adjoining
    resources.
  • Inform adjoining resources of status.
  • Receive status of adjoining resources.
  • Determine communication channels with
    adjoining resources from IAP.
  • Maintain communication with assigned
    resources.
I
  1. Monitor progress/work during operational period by:
  • Receiving reports from subordinate supervisors, based on your briefing and work expectations.
  • Conducting personal observations based on your work expectations.
  • Inspecting and locating line in advance of line construction.
  • Assessing values to be protected.
I
  1. Determine and provide for assistance or corrections to assigned work task(s) during operational period.
  • Identify needs for corrections in work tasks to meet standards and safety policy.
  • Identify fatigue producing factors and take corrective measures.
  • Contact Division/Group Supervisor, etc. to review tactical observations and IAP.
  • Compare objectives vs. accomplishments. Determine with crew.
  • Identify need for additional assistance, logistical support and replacements due to slow progress or unexpected events.
    • Identify types of resources; air, etc.
  • Determine assistance, logistical support, and replacements required to implement correction action. Evaluate
    recommendations from subordinate
    supervisors; e.g., split assignment with another division.
  • Assign qualified personnel to scout line in critical areas.
I
  1. Use tactics applied to structure protection.
  • Size up the situation and identify associated risks for current assignment.
    • Identify usable tactics for current resources.
    • Request specialized resources if applicable.
  • Safely and effectively utilize the resources available based on capabilities and limitations.
W / R
  1. Submit situation and resource status information to supervisor.
  • Inform supervisor of any change in conditions or events based on amended or adjusted work assignment or assigned resources.
  • Request additional resources, logistical support, and/or replacements through supervisors based on IAP, briefings, and discussions.
  • Hazards or special considerations identified in the IAP or Unit Log.
  • Report special events.
I
  1. Brief relief resources on:
  • Progress during operational period.
  • Reference points or geographic features.
  • Hazards or special considerations.
I
  1. Establish communication links.
  • Provide radios and radio frequencies for all strike team increments.
  • Establish communication with supervisors and adjoining resources.
I
  1. Ensure transportation needs are met as specified in the IAP.
  • Coordinate any additional transportation needs through the Ground Support Unit Leader.
  • Inform supervisor if transportation needs can not be met.
I
  1. Brief assigned personnel on procedures for traveling to staging area.
O
  1. Check in with Staging Area Manager.
O
  1. Determine and obtain logistics needs.
I
  1. Maintain assigned resources for required three minute dispatch status.
O
  1. Brief supervisors.
  • Meet with supervisors and establish out-of-service status and standards.
  • Provide supervisors with area layout and logistic support locations.
O
  1. Contact interagency resource representative.
O
  1. Contact resource unit.
  • Provide update status and location of assigned resources.
  • Establish and confirm out-of-service time frame.
  • Establish contact or communication procedures.
O

DEMOBILIZATION

  1. Confirm demobilization instructions with supervisor at incident.

 

I

  1. Inspect units and personnel to ensure that they are ready to leave in a state of readiness (rest, repairs, tools, fuel, etc.).
I
  1. Distribute time reports to individual resources.
O
  1. Assemble strike team for briefing and departure.
  • Determine travel routes and en route logical needs. Determine travel information, communication, and check points.
I

*Code:

  • O = task can be completed in any situation (classroom, simulation, prescribed fire, daily job, etc.)
  • I = task must be performed on an incident (flood, fire, prescribed fire, search & rescue, planned event, etc.)
  • W = task must be performed on a wildland fire incident
  • /R = Rare event the evaluation assignment may not provide opportunities to demonstrate performance. The evaluator may be able to determine skills/knowledge through interview or the home office may need to arrange for another assignment or a simulation.
  • RX = task must be performed on a prescribed fire incident

 


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