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Firefighter Type-2 Job Description


The Firefighter Type 2 serves on a hand crew or engine crew performing fire suppression and fuels management duties in the most adverse climate, fuel, and terrain conditions. The FFT2 has no supervisory responsibilities and is supervised by the Firefighter Type-1. The FFT2 works in the Operations functional area.


Must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (Must carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment. Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.


 To qualify for FFT2, you must meet at least one of the following:

  • 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience 

- OR -

  • 1 year of education above the high school level, which included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: range management; range conservation; agriculture; forestry; wildlife management; engineering; biology; mathematics; other natural or physical sciences

- OR -

  • a combination of education and experience described above.

Prepare & Mobilize

  • Ensure individual readiness.

  • Obtain briefing from supervisor.

Lead, Supervise, Direct

  • Model leadership values and principles. Provide positive influence. Emphasize teamwork.

  • Identify, analyze, and use relevant situational information to make more informed decisions and take appropriate actions.

  • Adjust actions based on changing information and evolving situation awareness. Communicate changing conditions to supervisor.

Perform FFT2 Specific Duties

  • Establish and maintain the physical fitness level necessary to effectively perform hard physical labor for extended periods under adverse climate, fuel, and terrain conditions.

  • Serve as a wildland firefighter on a hand crew, engine crew, or helitack crew.

  • Perform wildland fire and prescribed fire duties including suppression, preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Use standard firefighting tools such as Pulaskis, Shovels, McLeod’s, Chainsaws, Drip Torches, and Fusees to do this work.

  • Perform hand crew duties including packing heavy loads of fuel, food, water, and tools for miles over rough terrain in hot and smoky conditions to get to the work site.

  • Perform engine operations duties including driving the engine to fires over unimproved roads, running the pump, building hoselays, and effectively using water and additives.

  • Perform helitack duties including loading and unloading personnel and cargo and delivering sling loads of critical supplies to other firefighters.

  • Perform chainsaw operator duties such as falling and bucking trees, clearing brush, constructing control line, and clearing hazards.

  • Apply knowledge of fuels, terrain, weather, and fire behavior to decisions and actions.

  • Use Incident Command System (ICS) terminology, organization, and command structure.

  • Use and maintain Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

  • Follow crew Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Ensure proper refurbishing and resupply of tools, vehicles, food, water and supplies.

Perform Fireline Duties

  • Carry IRPG at all times and use it to guide actions.

  • Look, listen, and learn. Ask questions when appropriate.

  • Ensure that instructions are clear and understood.

  • Be a student of fire. Observe interactions and operations to expand experience level.

Perform Wildland Urban Interface Duties

  • Conduct WUI operations according to guidelines stated in IRPG, incident-specific objectives and guidelines, and agency-specific guidance.

Communicate & Coordinate

  • Follow established processes and chain of command for collecting, producing, and distributing information.

  • Report any changes in fire behavior or hazardous conditions to supervisor.

  • Ensure basic understanding of multichannel radio operation. Use plain language and ICS terminology.

  • Participate in After Action Reviews (AAR).

Manage Risk

  • Know your skill level and limitations.

  • Apply the Risk Management Process as stated in the IRPG:

    • Identify Hazards

    • Assess Hazards

    • Develop Controls and Make Risk Decisions

    • Implement Controls

    • Supervise and Evaluate

  • Report all accidents or injuries to supervisor.

  • Ensure Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (LCES) are identified before they are needed. Refer to guidelines stated in the IRPG.

  • Apply the Standard Firefighting Orders and Watch Out Situations to your assignment, as stated in the IRPG.

  • Use Look Up, Down and Around in the IRPG to help maintain situational awareness. Adjust actions accordingly.

  • Ensure compliance with all safety practices and procedures for self and those around you.

  • Account for health, safety, and welfare for self and those around you.


Complete as required:



  • Agency-specific forms


  • Receive and follow demobilization instructions from supervisor.

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