Bull Run Snag Incident — August, 2009
Felling Boss, S-235 is suggested training for the felling boss
position. Prior to qualification as a felling boss, the
individual also must complete Crew Boss (Single Resource) S-230
and be qualified as an advanced firefighter/squad boss (FFT1). Power Saws S-212 is among the training courses suggested for the
Development of the S-235 course was initiated in FY 94. When the
project leader left in August, 1995, the course was nearly
completed, having gone through two test courses and a review. At
that time, the project was handed off to another project leader
Our second project leader is much more experienced in course
development. Upon review of the materials, he determined that
instruction in S-235 was duplicating instruction in S-230 and S-212.
He also determined that the instruction in S-230 and S-212
fully supported the tasks for the felling boss position. This was
discussed with the subject matter specialists who had been
assigned to the project. All agreed that all training necessary
for the felling boss already existed in the S-212 and S-230
courses. The development group then made a recommendation (see
attached memo) that S-235 be dropped from the curriculum.
The NIFC National Fire and Aviation Training Support Group agrees
with the recommendations of the development group that:
Felling Boss S-235 be dropped from the curriculum
When revised, the Wildland Fire Qualification Subsystem
Guide be changed to require Power Saws S-212 or equivalent
training OR be certified as a feller by their agency.
Upon approval of this recommendation:
The NIFC National Fire and Aviation Training Support Group
will stop further development and certification of the S-235
course. Materials will be retained on file for
possible future use and copies will be made available upon
request. The enhanced internal review process implemented
by the group last Spring will help to catch any future
problems of this sort earlier in the development cycle.
The ICS Working Team will need to make appropriate changes
to the qualifications system during the revision of 310-1.
|/s/ George G. Martin
Chairman, Training Working Team
|/s/ John Philbin
Chairman, ICS Working Team