NFPA 1051: Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications

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Wildland fire fighters face greater challenges on the job, and NFPA 1051: Standard for Wildland Firefighting Personnel Professional Qualifications details essential skills and training.

Indispensable for fire service leaders and wildland fire fighting groups, NFPA 1051 covers the special skills required -- and the hazards faced -- by today's personnel on the line in wildland fire incidents. Wildland fires in the United States and worldwide are increasing in frequency and intensity, underscoring the need for proper training and staff assessment of professional wildland firefighting personnel.

Renamed for the 2016 edition, NFPA 1051 presents up-to-date minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) necessary to perform the duties of a wildland fire fighter and fire officer. The Standard is intended to help improve performance in the field as well as reduce the risk of injury and loss of life. Standalone chapters address the roles and responsibilities of Wildland Fire Fighters I and II, Wildland Fire Officer I and II, Wildland/Urban Interface Protection Specialist, and Wildland/Urban Interface Coordinator.

Changes in NFPA 1051 include:

  • A complete, updated job task analysis
  • Clarified text relating to power tools and equipment that allows the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to concentrate on specific combinations based on local needs
  • Updated references and sources aligned with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)

Protect communities from wildland fires and safeguard lives on the line with NFPA 1051.

Fire service organizations throughout the U.S. and around the globe reference NFPA 1051 to ensure wildland firefighting personnel have the knowledge and skills required to conduct all levels of wildland operations. (Softbound, 42 pp., 2016).

NFPA® 1051 Standard for Wildland Firefighting Personnel Professional Qualifications, 2016 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1* Scope.
1.2* Purpose.
1.3 Application.
1.4 Units.

Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.2 NFPA Publications.
2.3 Other Publications.
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.

Chapter 3 Definitions

3.1 General.
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
3.3 General Definitions.

Chapter 4 Wildland Fire Fighter I

4.1 General.
4.2 Human Resource Management.
4.3 Preparedness.
4.4 Mobilization.
4.5 Suppression.

Chapter 5 Wildland Fire Fighter II
5.1* General.
5.2 Human Resource Management.
5.3 Preparedness.
5.4 Mobilization.
5.5 Suppression.

Chapter 6 Wildland Fire Officer I

6.1 General.
6.2 Human Resource Management.
6.3 Preparedness.
6.4 Mobilization.
6.5 Suppression.

Chapter 7 Wildland Fire Officer II

7.1 General.
7.2 Human Resource Management.
7.3 Preparedness.
7.4 Mobilization.
7.5 Suppression.

Chapter 8 Wildland/Urban Interface Protection Specialist

8.1 General.
8.2 Human Resource Management.
8.3 Preparedness.
8.4 Mobilization.
8.5 Suppression.
8.6 Post-Incident - Data Collection.

Chapter 9 Wildland/Urban Interface Coordinator

9.1 General.
9.2 Administration.
9.3 Human Resource Management.
9.4 Preparedness.
9.5 Hazard Mitigation.
9.7 Mobilization.
9.8 Suppression.
9.9 Post-Incident.

Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Explanation of the Professional Qualifications Standards and Concepts of JPRs
Annex C Incident Command System Briefing
Annex D Wildland/Urban Interface Protection Specialist Task Book
Annex E Wildland/Urban Interface Protection Specialist Kit Checklist
Annex F Structure Protection Plan Outline
Annex G Structure Protection Operations (Field) Checklist
Annex H Informational References