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Fire Observer Program

Under the direction of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Incident Command, the Fire Observer (FOB) Unit performs the function of a Fire Field Observer and FOB Communications/Relay during fires and evacuations of any type, as requested. To provide real time intelligence to the Sheriff’s Department on fire location, direction of spread, current and anticipated fire behavior, current weather conditions, proximity to management decision points, and other observations of relevance. Help identify escape routes and safety zone for YCSRT volunteers and the public when needed. Watch for fire activity and other hazards in relation to evacuations/road blocks or any other activity involving Sheriff’s personnel/volunteers when appropriate. Provide safety, as needed, to volunteers who will likely engage in evacuations, roadblocks, security or other fire/flood related duties.