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    In the right conditions they work great, like anything you have to use the right tool for the job. In short grass or leaf litter without a lot of deadfall limbs we use them with great success, if theres a lot of fuel laying around you better have something besides a wind machine in your hands. What part of the country are you in?


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    Check this web sit on using leaf blowers for line construction.They work well in our hardwood leaf litter.We do not use them on grass fires but could see were they could be helpful of flanking fires with short! short! flame lenghts.

    http://www.roscommonequipmentcenter....ects/rec17.pdf
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    We are in the process of building and equipping a grass rig. A few on the committee really want leaf blowers. I view it as fighting a structure fire with diesel. Are there any folks out there that use them? We are a suburban department, so mostly tall grass, ditches and the occasional bigger field, in our townships or if we mutual aid to the towns a little further south, with less development. Any input or opinions would be appreciated.

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    .....really Leaf Blowers?
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    We have a gas powered leaf blower on our brush truck. The state owned type 6 engines also carry them.

    As was stated previously, leaf blowers are great for clearing hardwood leaf litter for line construction. If we use the blower, it goes right after the sawyer and swamper and before any people with hand tools. You can do the same thing with a leaf rake but one person with a rake can't move fast enough and would hold up the entire crew. You could also use a blower to help clear debris away from structures if you end up doing structure protection.

    We don't use leaf blowers for direct attack on any kind of fire and I can't think of a situation that you would want to.

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    Minneapolis suburbs. So we don't have alot of forest, some wooded pockets, but mostly fields.

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    Thanks for the input, I will take what I got to the powers that be and hopefully we can formulate a plan for when and if we use them.

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    couple of pictures where we have used a blower in lead and broom rakes as backup
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    Quote Originally Posted by 67chevelle View Post
    Thanks for the input, I will take what I got to the powers that be and hopefully we can formulate a plan for when and if we use them.
    Leaf blower's are a eligible item under the VFA grant through your state foresrty grant. 50/50 match.

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    They work good! During the Telegraph fire in California we were on structure protection. We went to triage a house and the owner had set out a chainsaw, leaf blower, ladders, garden hoses, pole saw, gas cans and a case of waters! Apparently he was a retired FF.

    We used all the tools and guess what, his house made it. I heard he tried to start a program through his HOA for this type of setup but it got shot down.

    Long story short....leaf blowers work good in the right conditions.

    Also, a friend used to work for USFS and while on a fire in Alaska, he was "Lead Leaf Blower".

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