Just wondering how everyone’s unit initiates task books…Forest level, District level, supervisor level? How long does it usually take to get it back, so you can start working on it?
Usually here in R5 USFS, the Forest Training Officer/Fire Chief initiates Single Resource Boss/Unit leader and higher, and the District FMO’s can initiate lower than that. A Fire Qualifications review Committee meets about once a month, and goes over the packages (taskbook, performance evals, training certs, etc.) and approves or advises another assignment. If approved, it’s put on the persons redcard usually within a week or 2, and they can op[en the next level if they qualify.
The time just to get it initiated, if you meet all the quals to be a trainee, can be as short as the same day.
It varies between agencies, regions, and your position. Examples: If on a hotshot crew, good luck on fft1 before 3 yrs, its not a priority for them. State crews or at least MTDNRC, tend to rush persons through their quals. Specifically, person operating as a call when needed 1st year engine crew member, is being encouraged to ope engine boss taskbook, and their intent is to have them qualified by end of season, again MTDNRC, 2nd year fft, qualified, fft1 on 1 assignment, IC-5 qualified after 1 assignment, IC-4 trainee, Crewboss Trainee, Engine boss trainee. USFS: specific forest requires MINIMUM of 3 separate assignments before consideration of final evaluate and submission. Needless to say some qualified persons are more qualified then others
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