Wildland Firefighting

Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Program Now Available to All Fire Departments

The Ready, Set, Go! program was launched nationally at Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) 2011. Ready, Set, Go! offers tools and resources for local responders to teach individuals who live in high-risk areas how to best prepare themselves and their properties against wildland fire threats.

Departments of Agriculture and Interior Improve Wildland Fire Management

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) released two documents to address the wildland fire management challenges across America.

NFPA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Canada’s Partners in Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a recognized leader on fire and life safety, announced a formalized relationship with Partners in Protection (PiP), a Canadian non-profit association focused on reducing wildland fire loss.

NFPA to Sponsor 4th Backwards and Beyond Wildland Fire Conference

The Wildland Fire Operations Division (WFOD) of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is looking for presenters to speak on wildfire-related issues.

Wildland Fires: Traditional Timing of Prescribed Burns Creates Missed Opportunities

Land managers know the benefits of prescribed burning of fields, grasslands, and forests, but finding an appropriate time to conduct a burn can pose a problem.

National Fire Protection Association Announces 2010 Firewise Leadership Award Winners

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise Communities program today announced the 2010 Firewise Leadership Award winners, recognizing the most significant local efforts in safeguarding people and communities from the threat of wildfire.

Wildfire Research Demonstration Set for IBHS Research Center in SC

The Institute for Business & Home Safety, the Savannah River National Laboratory, the US Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate invite the media on March 24, 2011, to the IBHS Research Center, Richburg, South Carolina, for a demonstration of the lab’s wildfire research.

Pierce Wildland Firefighting Truck to Serve in Historic Siskiyou County in Northern California

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) Company, announced it has placed a Pierce Saber wildland firefighting vehicle in service at the Dunsmuir Fire Department in Dunsmuir, California.

PRODUCTS/SERVICES/MEDIA

Forestry Suppliers, Inc.’s VEHICLE ORGANIZER attaches easily to your vehicle’s seat back and holds everything from pens and papers to two-liter bottles and flashlights. Large compartments hold files, papers, notebooks, and much larger items such as thermos bottles. The front pouches accommodate radios, cell phones, and pens and markers, and the zippered center compartment keeps small and personal items secure. An adjustable strap secures the organizer to the headrest and also serves as a shoulder/carry strap.

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.