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Unit 2 Personnel Qualifications and Responsibilities. Objectives. Become familiar with: Initial Training/Certification and Currency Prescribed and Wildfire Organization structure Qualifications & Responsibilities Annual re-certification requirements. Training Requirements

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  • Become familiar with:
    • Initial Training/Certification and Currency
    • Prescribed and Wildfire Organization structure
    • Qualifications & Responsibilities
    • Annual re-certification requirements

Training Requirements

  • Organization and communication
  • Special safety procedures and concerns
  • Dealing with hazardous materials
  • Equipment testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance
  • Briefing and checklist requirements

Training Requirements

  • Operational procedures and requirements
  • Live-run exercise to consist of:
    • Briefing burn boss and all personnel
    • Mixing
    • Torch test procedures
    • Dropping gel
    • (dropping gel can be on training exercise or actual burn project)
re certified annually helitorch manager helitorch mixmaster helitorch parking tender
Re-Certified annually:Helitorch Manager Helitorch Mixmaster Helitorch Parking Tender

Re-certification is the delegated responsibility of the applicable Regional Helicopter Operations Specialist or designee. For DOI Bureaus, this is accomplished through Bureau/Agency authority at the State or Area office level or as otherwise established by the individual bureau/agency.

re certification
  • 1.Each helitorch module member shall review the applicable sections of the Interagency Aerial Ignition Guide, as well as agency-specific guidance and direction; and
  • 2.A re-certification training session consisting of items 1-6 in Chapter II.IV.A.
  • 3.Must be documented on the Interagency Helitorch Module Annual Re-currency Training form identified in the IAIG.
currency requirements
Currency Requirements
  • Must perform in the position at least once every three years to maintain currency and remain eligible for re-certification training
  • If individual does not meet the currency requirement, must complete the initial certification and training.
prescribed fire and wildfire helitorch organization chart
Prescribed Fire and Wildfire Helitorch OrganizationChart
  • Reference Interagency Aerial Ignition Guide – Appendix B
qualifications and responsibilities

Qualifications and Responsibilities

Training and experience



helitorch positions

Helitorch Parking Tender

Helitorch Mixmaster

Helitorch Positions


Burn Boss/Ignition Specialist

& Helitorch Mgr

Helitorch Mixing Crew

pilot carding criteria
Pilot - Carding Criteria

Both pilot and aircraft must be carded by Agency Helicopter Inspector for Helitorch Operations.

pilot responsibilities
Pilot – Responsibilities
  • Basic knowledge of wildland & prescribed fire operations
  • Communication and Coordination with Burn Boss & Parking Tender
  • Knows limitation section of flight manual
  • Helitorch operation & installation
pilot responsibilities cont
Pilot – Responsibilities (cont’)
  • Maintain constant airspeed & elevation
  • Maintains reserve power
  • Explains how winds and topography effect flight patterns
  • Pilot is responsible for all helicopter operations and flight safety
burn boss qualifications
Burn Boss– Qualifications
  • Prescribed Fire Burn Boss
  • Received helicopter safety training
  • Knowledgeable of ICS organization and concepts and is familiar with aerial ignition operations
  • Can interpret weather & fire behavior

Burn Boss– Responsibilities

  • Complete authority for & directs firing operation, develops firing plan
  • Performs the initial briefing and covers assignments
  • Instructs pilot as to the plan & firing sequence
  • Keeps pilot informed throughout entire operation
  • May be in another aircraft or at other vantage point.
  • Cannot conduct operations from the Helitorch Helicopter
ignition specialist qualifications
Ignition Specialist– Qualifications
  • Qualified as Ignition Specialist
  • Received helicopter safety training
  • Knowledgeable of ICS organization and concepts and is familiar with aerial ignition operations
ignition specialist responsibilities
Ignition Specialist Responsibilities
  • As requested by Burn Boss, directs the aerial firing operation
  • Instructs the pilot & Helitorch Mgr... to the plan & firing sequence
  • Keeps pilot informed throughout the operation.
  • Cannot conduct operations from the Helitorch Helicopter
helitorch manager qualifications
Helitorch Manager Qualifications
  • Helicopter Manager (Exclusive-use fire,CWN, or Project), HTMM qualified, and Aerial Ignition Annual Re-certification
  • Minimum HEB2(T)
helitorch manager responsibilities
Helitorch Manager Responsibilities
  • On operations utilizing only one helitorch helicopter, the Helitorch Manager may have collateral duties as the Helicopter Manager as well as either (not both) the HTMM or HTPT. On operations utilizing more than one helitorch helicopter, the Helitorch Manager may have collateral duties as the Helibase Manager providing that they do not assume duties as the HTMM or HTPT.
  • Provides technical assistance to Burn Boss/Ignition Specialist
  • Supervises all Helitorch operations and assigns qualified personnel to positions
  • Assures all required equipment is on site and operational
  • Briefs pilots and Helibase Personnel
  • Identifies hazards and safety requirements at operations briefing
helitorch manager responsibilities cont
Helitorch Manager Responsibilities (cont’)
  • Monitors overall helitorch operation
  • Provides technical info on helibase location and operation
  • Ensures safety precautions have been completed prior to mixing
  • Assures Aerial Ignition Safety Plan and go/no go Checklist is approved/posted & followed
  • Assures commo link between Helitorch base/Dispatch and/or Operations
helitorch mixmaster qualifications
Helitorch Mixmaster Qualifications
  • Helicopter Crewmember
  • HTMM qualified, and Aerial Ignition Annual Re-certification
helitorch mixmaster responsibilities
Helitorch Mixmaster Responsibilities
  • Reports to the Helitorch Manager, (may have collateral duties as HCWN/HTMG on single aircraft project burn)
  • Attends briefings
  • Supervise mixing/filling operation, manages time frames to maintain availability of gel
  • Places equipment and assures it is operational
  • Hook helitorch to helicopter
helitorch mixmaster responsibilities cont
Helitorch Mixmaster Responsibilities (cont’)
  • Assure bonding procedures are followed
  • Perform preflight tests of helitorch with pilot
  • Conduct drills prior to operations to assure mixing and filling operations are coordinated between all personnel
  • Perform maintenance and cleaning of all helitorch equipment
  • Supervise helibase fire protection
helitorch mixmaster responsibilities cont1
Helitorch Mixmaster Responsibilities (cont’)
  • Conduct drills and assure coordination prior to operation
  • Perform preventative maintenance
  • Insure all equipment cleaned and operational at end of each shift
helitorch parking tender qualifications
Helitorch Parking Tender Qualifications
  • Helicopter Crewmember
  • Aerial Ignition Annual Re-certification
helitorch parking tender duties
Helitorch Parking Tender Duties
  • Reports to the Helitorch Manager (may also serve as HCWN)
  • Attend briefing
  • Directs helicopter during take-off and landings
  • Directs all movements of personnel and equipment around the helicopter
  • Must use a radio in conjunction with a headset/hardhat or flight helmet (sph 4/5)
helitorch parking tender duties cont
Helitorch Parking Tender Duties (cont’)
  • Has fire protection responsibility for the primary helitorch helipad (all fueling/filling operations and takeoff & landing)
  • Needs as minimum, 40-B:C dry-chemical fire extinguisher
  • Know and understand helicopter crash/rescue procedures
  • Attend to pilots’ needs at landing pad
  • Ensure electrical switches are “on” prior to takeoff, “off” after landing
helitorch parking tender duties cont1
Helitorch Parking Tender Duties (cont’)
  • Inspect discharge valve, propane pressure, cam lock, drum hardware and suspension cables prior to takeoff
  • Assure all personnel/equipment are clear of safety circle during takeoff/landing
  • Check hook-up of helitorch to helicopter
  • Maintain commo with helicopter while within the area of Helitorch base
  • Turn communication over to burn boss when helicopter departs Helitorch base area
mixing crew qualifications
Mixing Crew Qualifications
  • Initial Training and Re-currency to include :
    • A-101 Aviation Safety
    • A-105 Aviation Life Support Equipment
    • A-106 Aviation Mishap Reporting
    • A-107 Aviation Policy and regulations
    • A-108 Preflight Briefing/Debriefing
    • A-109 Aviation Radio Use
    • A-113 Crash Survival
    • Or S-271
    • OJT Helitorch operation instruction (Dry Run) must be performed annually or can be accomplished as part of live burn operation
mixing crew duties
Mixing Crew Duties
  • Report to Mixmaster
  • Attend briefings
  • Assist mixmaster with operation of mixing plant
  • Assists with the filling of the helitorch and fire protection
  • Perform any other miscellaneous tasks during helitorch operation
helitorch base radio operator qualifications
Helitorch Base Radio Operator Qualifications
  • For complex burns or on multiple aircraft helibase use qualified aircraft base radio operator (ABRO)
radio operator duties
Radio Operator Duties
  • Reports to Helitorch Manager
  • Attends briefings
  • Receive orders from burn boss/Ignition Specialist and relays to helitorch manager
  • Maintain communication with appropriate aircraft
  • Provide communication between H/T Manager, Parking Tender, Helicopter Pilot, Burn Boss/Ignition Specialist and Dispatch and/or Operations
  • Maintain an Flight Following log
helitorch fire protection personnel duties
Helitorch Fire Protection Personnel Duties
  • Reports to HTMM
  • Attend briefings
  • Staffed engine with Class B foam capability, or a minimum of 2, 3 gallon class B portable Compressed Air Foam extinguishers on-site
  • Familiar with crash/rescue operations
  • Familiar with fire extinguisher operation
  • Charge hoses and attend nozzles during operations


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