I see that many question in this forum relate to tactics and fire behavior. So I figured that maybe an open forum on tactics to give advice in the area. Wildland Firefighting may be the most dangerous form of firefighting, so lets make a collective of information in this area, so that on the next fire we will all be a little smarter and ultimately safer.
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Thread: WILDLAND TACTICS
03-29-2001, 09:04 PM #1countycrewFirehouse.com Guest
03-29-2001, 09:24 PM #2countycrewFirehouse.com Guest
I guess i will start with the basic.
10 STANDARD FIRE ORDERS
F*ight fire aggressively but provide for safety first.
I*nitiate all action based on current and expected fire behavior.
R*ecognize current weather conditions and obtain forecasts.
E*nsure that instructions are given and understood.
O*btain current information on fire status.
R*emain in communication with crewmembers, your supervisor, and adjoining forces.
D*etermine safety zones and escape routes.
E*stablish lookouts in potentially hazardous situations.
R*etain control at all times.
S*tay alert, keep calm, think clearly, and act decisively.
Here is something that unless you have been around for a while I doubt you have been told about. LECS
L*ookouts- make sure you know what and where (anything else) the fire is doing by having someone scout the area.
E*scape routes- make sure that you have AT ALL TIMES 2 escape routes, and make sure that those escape routes are still good, because a fire will change its game plan!
C*ommunications- make sure that there are enough radios that your firefighters know what is going on. (working in teams help if you have a small supply of radios and lots of firefighters)
S*afe areas- this is an area that will not burn again or won't burn at all, it is a place to go if the fire turns bad. Safe areas should be pretty big.
03-30-2001, 01:08 AM #3KGMFirehouse.com Guest
Important thing to remember: A Safe Zone is an area that is safe without deploying a fire shelter.
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