Extrication Zone, Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

The FireBozz® Rapid-Deploy Water Cannon

Issue 5 and Volume 169.

In recent years, wildfires have increased in size, frequency, cost, and damage. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that more than 30 percent of U.S. residents live in places threatened by wildfire. Add climate change into the mix, and the 2016 wildland fire season might give a dark glimpse of what the future holds. With more structures and assets located in high-risk wildfire environments, costs will only continue to increase. Operational wildland firefighting-how we control and suppress fires to keep them from reaching those assets-has changed little in the past 70 years. Structural protection still relies on conventional firebreaks; backburns; dropping water from the air; and, most importantly, boots on the ground, all of which increasingly put firefighters at risk. But, what if you could establish a half-mile-long water wall 40 to 80 yards wide and do so in less than 10 minutes? More significantly, wouldn’t firefighters be safer if this…

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