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    Default LOOKING FOR SWI COLUMN IDEAS

    Hello to all Structural Wildland Interzone (SWI)Fire Buffs! I have retired from the Boston Fire Department after 32 years of service. I have also moved to the southwest.

    I am looking to you, the SWI Fire Buffs and readers of the SWI Column in FIREHOUSE Magazine, for some fresh ideas for SWI articles in the year 2002. Those who send me an article idea that I use will receive a FD shoulder patch. Contact me via email via this forum or put your article idea in this forum and I'll find it.

    Have a great Holiday Season and a safe new year. Remember to pray for and do what you can to help the victims of 9/11.

    DFCWINSRET


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    A few years ago there was an article about how they fought interface fires in the northeast, with the brush breakers and such. How about doing one about how we do it in the southeast? We don't have many big interface fires like they do out west and such, but especially with the 4 year long drought we have been in we run a ton of brush fires. Here in SC the SC forestry Commission has primary responsibility for wildland fires, but the FD's are almost always right there with them.

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    Firecat 1524: A good idea about an article about SC and how SWI Fires are fought there.
    I am not planning a trip to SC in the near future. Maybe you could provide me with the pictures and some written materials re: your idea?
    DFCWINSRET

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    Hello I hope you like AZ its a very fun state, I use to live in Globe and have spent lots of time chasing fires across the state. One of the things I did see, and have seen in lots of states are guys in structural turn outs trying to run up a hill to cut line. This is not safe for a number of reasons first is no fire shelter and no water to drink. I have seen the guys sweating so much I thought they would pass out as I offer them a drink I would ask, "them why does your dept not get you the right gear?"
    The most common answer I have heard is our dept does not have the budget. Now does there dept have the buget to lose a guy?

    I have also seen a new product called barricade fire gel used on wild land fires ever used it or seen the gel in action?

    Have a great holiday season,
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    It can't happen here.... Now how many times have we heard that. Might think about the use of fire shelters on the State level. How many states require their personnel to carry their shelters with them on the fire line. Tennessee just had a firefighter killed on line when over ran by fire. If I remember right shelters were provided but not required.
    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it...but, maybe we had better take a closer look at it."

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    Hello,

    From what Hickman said about state firefighters not having to carry fire shelters, CDF in calif have to have fire shelters on at fires at all times. I have seen alot of ways to get into fire shelters most of the people who get there red cards dont really get the full experince of getting into a shelter.
    I know that some depts in calif will set up blowers and have you deploy your shelter and try to get in. Because we all know that on a mtn there will be wind and will not be a calm place like a class room.

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    Here's a couple of suggestions for articles:

    1. What does it take for the average urban home to be made fire resistent using materials from any home building center.
    2. Key landscaping criteria to keep your home fire resistent.
    3. What will it take to use sheltering in place as the primary method of keeping residents safe during a wildland urban interface fire.
    4. What will it take to change the perception that to resolve the urban interface problem we need more technology?
    5. Key information needed by initial attack incident commanders during interface fires where complexity is rapidly increasing? How to change from initial attack to managing an incident.
    6. Instead of talking about reasons to carry a fire shelter, how about specific requirements to avoid needing to use one.
    7. Management concerns when interfacing structure and wildland firefighters together on the same fire: objectives, organization, terminology, command/control issues.
    8. The role of technical specialists on interface fires and how to practically funnel their expertease to the common denominator fire fighter (hazmat, medical, electrical, law enforcement.
    9. Setting immediate priorities during the intial phases of response to interface fires.
    10. Risk recognition and it's use in decision making during the rapid complexity transition of an interface fire.
    11. The needs of and services of the dispatch center and dispatchers during the mobilization of an interface fire.
    12. The critical use of and need to manage communications through the mediums of radios, cell phones, face to face, written message, and assumptions made through the use of standard training.
    13. How can training, and what kind of training, can facilitate common ideas, practices, and expectations of structural and wildland firefighters.
    14. How to create a cultural change in the resident population and fire service agencies so everyone has the same expectations during interface fires.

    A couple of thoughts. js

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    Hey,Monte,thanks for the "couple" of suggestions. Lots of great subject matter to discuss. Do me a favor and email me at:
    dfcwinsret@cableone.net I'd like to get your telephone number and give you a call.
    DFCWINSRET

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    How about an article on wildland firefighting in non-traditional "wildland fire" states. I live in Illinois. We have seen a major increase in wildland fire over the last few years, but the departmental staff does not consider us a wildland state. I've had to buy my own PPE's (including shelter). I'd like for someone to "show" these people that we can have just as many problems too.
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    I think that one of the big issues in the SWI is always water supply, because the SWI is usually on the outskirts of a town or even major city water supply for exposure protection,and attack always seems to be an issue, new ideas are always app.

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    Here are a couple ideas for Urban Interface:

    1. Out here in the west prescribed fires are slowly gaining popularity as a prevention tool. It takes some detailed planning and qualified crews, however, these fires also provide some quality training ground for students in a more controlled environment.

    2. Public education on the Urban Interface. Do some articles on how to educate the public to create defensible space around their homes.

    These are some of the things we are doing in our district.

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    Extended drought conditions and urban sprawl have plopped the plate of interzone fire concerns squarely in front of many land managers who prviously had not given the subject enough thought. Down here in florida the main thrusts in dealing with wildland/urban interface are: fuels mitigation, homeowner defenses and growth management.
    The biggest problem with fuels mitigation, which is the quickest remedy, is the environmental and political limititations to the most efficient methods which are: prescribed fire and chemical/mechanical.
    The University of Florida has been experimenting with some innovative metods in interzone areas such as using goats in portable pens to reduce fuels in small undeveloped lots intersperced in subdivisions.
    It will be interresting to watch the programs that Austrailia implements to try and prevent a repeat of this season's disasters.

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    How about profiling small departments that are making huge changes. I know prescott is very involved in fuel reduction as is Flagstaff. The Payson area is beginning a simular project.
    The training involved and different opportunities to obtain experience. I know that almost every small department in AZ has a type 6 that they contract in the summer gaining valuble experience for their crews as well as making monies for their departments. This has created a demand so now there are many classes offered in each "off" season.
    How has this "contracting" and training affected these rural departments? This will be my third season partaking in campaighn fires and the experience gained has been imeasurable. In fact I've worked with crews from Central Yavapi and Prescott and can say that there are some guys on these departments with lots of experience.

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    WHAT ABOUT AN ARTICLE ON WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE THE PERFECT BRUSH TRUCK? I KNOW IT DEPENDS ON YOUR AREA BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT YOU JUST HAVE TO HAVE. MAYBE LOOK AT OPTIONS, FEATURES, ETC.
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