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Become A Squad Boss

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Working As A Squad Boss

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Squad Boss does

  • Ordered a helicopter, C Faller, and additional squads.
  • Assisted in maintaining camp site for wildland fire fighters.
  • Acted as Engine Operator for Type IV and Type VI engines on prescribed burns.
  • Obtained/initiated Incident Commander type 5 (ICT 5) task book.
  • Conducted daily leadership and, training techniques in specific tasks.
  • Maintained and operated fleet vehicles, chain saws, and fire fighting equipment.
  • Directed helicopters on Initial Attack.
  • Completed my FFT1 task book and was classified as an intermediate B faller.
  • Responded as an initial attack squad boss/wildland firefighter, mitigated urban interface and forestry fires.
  • Scout ahead for fire hazards.
  • Provided technical and administrative supervision to engine crews.
  • Exercised proper refusal of assignment by declining an assignment due to steep hazardous terrain and exposure to dangerous conditions.
  • Responded to Wildland Fire Incidents.
  • Worked with timber stand improvement (TSI) and urban interface rejuvenating the forest by reseeding burn piles.
  • Lead helio-spot locations, line construction in adverse conditions, climate and terrain.
  • Maintain top physical fitness and performance.
  • Located and timed escape routes and identified proper safety zones.
  • Fell trees, cleared brush, and dug trenches to create fire lines, using axes, chainsaws or shovels.
  • Led a team of six firefighters in wild land fire prevention and suppression tactics
  • Supervised and directed up to three other firefighters in suppression tactics.

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Squad Boss Demographics

Gender

Male

79.3%

Female

12.2%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

68.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Asian

5.0%

Unknown

4.9%

Black or African American

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Squad Boss Education

Schools

University of Oregon

14.6%

Oregon State University

14.6%

Portland Community College

8.3%

The Academy

6.3%

Shasta College

6.3%

Utah Valley University

4.2%

Yakima Valley Community College

4.2%

Lane Community College

4.2%

Boise State University

4.2%

Portland State University

4.2%

Chemeketa Community College

4.2%

University of Wyoming

4.2%

Cochise College

4.2%

Pima Medical Institute - Albuquerque

4.2%

Montana State University - Bozeman

2.1%

Western Washington University

2.1%

Victoria College

2.1%

College of the Mainland

2.1%

Baker College

2.1%

College of Southern Idaho

2.1%
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Majors

Fire Science And Protection

23.0%

Business

14.8%

Medical Technician

4.9%

Management

4.9%

Political Science

4.9%

Computer Science

4.9%

Military Applied Sciences

4.9%

Environmental Science

4.9%

Law Enforcement

4.9%

Recreation Management

3.3%

Economics

3.3%

English

3.3%

General Studies

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Sociology

3.3%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.6%

Statistics

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

40.2%

Bachelors

29.9%

Associate

16.5%

Masters

8.2%

Certificate

5.2%
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Top Skills for A Squad Boss

  1. Fire Operations
  2. Engine Operator
  3. Wildland
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  • Acted as Engine Operator for Type IV and Type VI engines on prescribed burns.
  • Developed and implemented effective wildland firefighting tactics adaptive to dynamic environmental and human conditions always providing for safety first.
  • Direct crewmembers when performing initial and extended attack, fire-readiness activities, project work, etc.
  • Acted as Squad Boss for five crew members while on fire and project work assignments.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills as Squad Boss Trainee on both initial attack and off-district assignments.

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