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Top 45 Squad Boss Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Squad Boss. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Squad Boss resumes they appeared on. For example, 12.7% of Squad Boss resumes contained Fire Operations as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Squad Boss actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These Are The Most Important Skills For A Squad Boss

1. Fire Operations
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2. Engine Operator
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Here's how Engine Operator is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Acted as Engine Operator for Type IV and Type VI engines on prescribed burns.
  • Utilized teamwork to safely complete fire fighting tasks as assigned as an engine operator.

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3. Wildland
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Here's how Wildland is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Developed and implemented effective wildland firefighting tactics adaptive to dynamic environmental and human conditions always providing for safety first.
  • Worked with local volunteer and county fire departments on wildland fires, prescribe burns and instructing on mutual department training's.
  • Surveyed summer home locations for wildland urban interface and possible improvements by home owners.
  • Assign and supervise objectives on wildland fires to a squad of 5-6 firefighters.
  • Lead modules within the complex, stressful work environment of wildland fire suppression.
  • Responded to Wildland Fire Incidents.
  • Performed various aspects of wildland and controlled ecological burn operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up.
  • Lead crew of 8-10 in the construction of fire lines to control and extinguish wildland fires.
  • Fight wildland & structual fires Supervised Crew memebers Used hand/power tools Volunteer firefighter

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4. Direct Crewmembers
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Here's how Direct Crewmembers is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Direct crewmembers when performing initial and extended attack, fire-readiness activities, project work, etc.

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5. Crew Members
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Here's how Crew Members is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Acted as Squad Boss for five crew members while on fire and project work assignments.
  • Assigned duties to crew members, coordinated necessary strategic adjustments to meet daily objectives.
  • Coordinate safe and effective fire suppression tactics for crew members.
  • Delegated assignments to crew members.
  • Supervised other fire crew members Communicated with Captains and Chiefs directly and relayed plans and direction to crews.
  • Trained select crew members on chainsaw safety and operation on the fireline.

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6. Fire Line Construction
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7. Hand Crew
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8. Initial Attack
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Here's how Initial Attack is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills as Squad Boss Trainee on both initial attack and off-district assignments.
  • Performed initial attack procedures used in controlling and extinguishing wild land fires.
  • Initial Attack - was sent to respond to two initial attack fires.
  • Managed 2-3 initial attack fires as an ICT5.
  • Directed helicopters on Initial Attack.

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9. Hand Tools
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10. Fire Behavior
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11. Faller
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Here's how Faller is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Ordered a helicopter, C Faller, and additional squads.

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12. Leadership
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Here's how Leadership is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Provide specialized and technical supervision and leadership to crewmembers, both on and off the fireline.

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13. Fire Season
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Here's how Fire Season is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Helped California during a devastating fire season.
  • Covered stations in and out of county during peak times of the fire season.

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14. Fire Fighters
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Here's how Fire Fighters is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Supervised fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or on vacant public lands.
  • Assisted in maintaining camp site for wildland fire fighters.

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15. Hand Line
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16. Hot Spots
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Here's how Hot Spots is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Patrolled burned areas after fires to locate and eliminate hot spots that may restart fires.

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17. Fire Prevention
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Here's how Fire Prevention is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Led a team of six firefighters in wild land fire prevention and suppression tactics

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18. Federal Job
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19. Commander
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Here's how Commander is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Served as incident commander on small fires within Utah County.

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20. Specific Tasks
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Here's how Specific Tasks is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Conducted daily leadership and, training techniques in specific tasks.

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21. Burnout Operations
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Here's how Burnout Operations is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Put in fuel breaks (Sometimes up/down steep slopes) and proceed with burnout operations.
  • Directed fireline operations to include construction, backfiring and burnout operations.

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22. Engine Crew
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Here's how Engine Crew is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Provided technical and administrative supervision to engine crews.

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23. Task Book
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Here's how Task Book is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Obtained/initiated Incident Commander type 5 (ICT 5) task book.
  • Obtained/initiated Ignition Specialist Type 2 task book (0 assignments).

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24. Fft1
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Here's how Fft1 is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Completed my FFT1 task book and was classified as an intermediate B faller.

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25. Physical Training
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26. GPS
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27. Urban Interface
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Here's how Urban Interface is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Worked with timber stand improvement (TSI) and urban interface rejuvenating the forest by reseeding burn piles.

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28. Fire Equipment
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29. Chain Saws
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Here's how Chain Saws is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Maintained and operated fleet vehicles, chain saws, and fire fighting equipment.

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30. Forestry
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Here's how Forestry is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Responded as an initial attack squad boss/wildland firefighter, mitigated urban interface and forestry fires.

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31. Preventative Maintenance
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32. Ensure Objectives
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33. Physical Fitness
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Here's how Physical Fitness is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Maintain top physical fitness and performance.

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34. CPR
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35. Fire Crew Training
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36. Multiple Forms
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37. Fire Weather
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38. DUG
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Here's how DUG is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Fell trees, cleared brush, and dug trenches to create fire lines, using axes, chainsaws or shovels.

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39. Fuel Hazards
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40. ICS
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Here's how ICS is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Supervised and directed up to three other firefighters in suppression tactics.
  • Skilled at firing technics and supervising holding operations.
  • Assisted in individual and crew trainings, administrative duties, and fireline logistics.

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41. Safety Zones
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Here's how Safety Zones is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Identified escape routes and safety zones during firing and holding operations.
  • Located and timed escape routes and identified proper safety zones.

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42. Ict5
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43. Lces
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44. Communication
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Here's how Communication is used in Squad Boss jobs:
  • Coordinated mutual-aid response and inter-agency communication in compliance with the National Incident Management System.
  • Maintained communication with module, ECC, fire resources, cooperating agencies and acted as a lookout.
  • Provided communication between squad member to overhead personnel, other crews, and landowners.
  • Maintained direct communication with Dispatch, Division contacts and other resources.
  • Air to ground communication, dispatching specialty resources, geographical mapping, working with multiple federal and state agencies FLCE Driver Certified
  • Maintained communications with all levels of command Certified Sawyer, Driver, and Squad Boss Trainee
  • Use of multi-channel radios; communications with incident command, land and air resources.

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45. Fire Engines
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20 Most Common Skills For A Squad Boss

Fire Operations

16.1%

Engine Operator

12.1%

Wildland

10.3%

Direct Crewmembers

8.8%

Crew Members

8.2%

Fire Line Construction

7.3%

Hand Crew

4.5%

Initial Attack

3.9%

Hand Tools

3.9%

Fire Behavior

3.9%

Faller

3.0%

Leadership

2.7%

Fire Season

2.1%

Fire Fighters

2.1%

Hand Line

2.1%

Hot Spots

1.8%

Fire Prevention

1.8%

Federal Job

1.8%

Commander

1.8%

Specific Tasks

1.5%
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Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Squad Boss

Rank Skill
1 Fire Operations 12.7%
2 Engine Operator 9.6%
3 Wildland 8.1%
4 Direct Crewmembers 6.9%
5 Crew Members 6.5%
6 Fire Line Construction 5.7%
7 Hand Crew 3.6%
8 Initial Attack 3.1%
9 Hand Tools 3.1%
10 Fire Behavior 3.1%
11 Faller 2.4%
12 Leadership 2.2%
13 Fire Season 1.7%
14 Fire Fighters 1.7%
15 Hand Line 1.7%
16 Hot Spots 1.4%
17 Fire Prevention 1.4%
18 Federal Job 1.4%
19 Commander 1.4%
20 Specific Tasks 1.2%
21 Burnout Operations 1.2%
22 Engine Crew 1.2%
23 Task Book 1.2%
24 Fft1 1.0%
25 Physical Training 1.0%
26 GPS 1.0%
27 Urban Interface 1.0%
28 Fire Equipment 1.0%
29 Chain Saws 1.0%
30 Forestry 1.0%
31 Preventative Maintenance 0.7%
32 Ensure Objectives 0.7%
33 Physical Fitness 0.7%
34 CPR 0.7%
35 Fire Crew Training 0.7%
36 Multiple Forms 0.7%
37 Fire Weather 0.7%
38 DUG 0.7%
39 Fuel Hazards 0.7%
40 ICS 0.7%
41 Safety Zones 0.7%
42 Ict5 0.7%
43 Lces 0.7%
44 Communication 0.7%
45 Fire Engines 0.7%
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