Wildland Firefighting

Shaping the California Wildfire Battlefield

The year 2010 marks the centennial of the start of a national wildland fire suppression policy that was instituted after a particularly devastating wildfire. The “Big Burn” or “Big Blowup” of August 20-21, 1910, destroyed three million acres of forest and several towns in Washington, Idaho, and Montana; 87 people died, 78 of whom were firefighters. Although the credit and honor go to all wildland firefighters for their efforts—past and present; paid and volunteer; state, federal, and local—we don’t seem to be winning this war. As the most recent California fire marshal and a 30-year veteran of cutting, squirting, chopping, flying, or otherwise fighting fire on the ground, in the air, and behind the desk, I believe California is finally changing its fundamental approach to its wildland urban interface (WUI) fire problem.

APPARATUS DELIVERIES: Skagit County,WA Fire District 3 designed its two HME pumpers

Skagit County (WA) Fire District 3 designed its two HME pumpers for general firefighting.

UNIFIED COMMAND AT WILDFIRES

Unified command is one of those phrases under the glossary of terms for the incident command system (ICS).

A MODEL TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

WITH natural and manmade disasters ever-present threats, governmental agencies are being pressed to implement emergency preparedness and management programs that will streamline communications and improve decision making.

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) from ESRI (ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE) vastly

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) from ESRI (ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE) vastly improve the efficiency of all types of fire operations. Fire response, fire planning, and fireground command all benefit from the comprehensive understanding of the location of the fire, whether it`s a wildfire or a property fire. Successful fire operations depend on quickly obtaining fire location information, establishing priorities, and implementing a response plan.

PGI, Inc. manufactures FireLine(TM), a high-quality line of flame-resistant brush clothing. These

PGI, Inc. manufactures FireLine(TM), a high-quality line of flame-resistant brush clothing. These state-of-the-art garments are designed to reduce the heat stress associated with fighting brush and most nonstructural fires without sacrificing protection or toughness. PGI FireLine(TM) garments are UL-classified to meet or exceed NFPA 1977, Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting (1998 edition). The garments are lightweight, breathable, absorbent, and generously cu

The A-TACT 510-C WILDLAND GOGGLE by Paulson Manufacturing Corporation is one of a number...

The A-TACT 510-C WILDLAND GOGGLE by Paulson Manufacturing Corporation is one of a number of available models. All A-TAC models fit over prescription sun or safety glasses. The outer lens is hard-coated and the inner lens antifog-coated. The 510-EB features a quick-release buckle on a fire-retardant elastic headband. All Paulson A-TAC goggles are accessories to a firefighter`s ensemble and meet the applicable NFPA performance standards.

PGI, Inc. manufactures FireLine(TM), a high-quality line of flame-resistant brush clothing. These

PGI, Inc. manufactures FireLine(TM), a high-quality line of flame-resistant brush clothing. These state-of-the-art garments are designed to reduce the heat stress associated with fighting brush and most nonstructural fires without sacrificing protection or toughness. PGI FireLine(TM) garments are UL-classified to meet or exceed NFPA 1977, Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting (1993 edition). The garments are lightweight, breathable, absorbent, and generously cu

The A-TACT 510-C WILDLAND GOGGLE by Paulson Manufacturing Corporation is one of a number...

The A-TACT 510-C WILDLAND GOGGLE by Paulson Manufacturing Corporation is one of a number of available models. All A-TAC models fit over prescription sun or safety glasses. The outer lens is hard-coated and the inner lens antifog coated. The 510-EB features a quick-release buckle on a fire-retardant elastic headband. All Paulson A-TAC goggles are accessories to a firefighter`s ensemble and meet the applicable NFPA performance standards. (800) 542-2451.

ARGO WILDLAND EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLE (WERV)

Midlands ATVs, Inc.: Equipped to fight a variety of fires in hard-to-access terrain. Amphibious vehicle engineered for remote wildland firefighting, search and rescue, personnel and equipment transport, EMS, and haz-mat response. Carries 100 gallons of water; can spray water, foam, or gel at fire. May be designed to meet any fire service need. (803) 564-3298.