Tips for new wildland firefighters?
As we approach another fire season across the country/world, many new firefighters are finishing up their red card classes for the first time. Do any of you grizzled veterans have any tips, tricks, or interesting stories for us "FNG"s? Thanks.
Hydate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!!
If you are fortunate enough to be assigned to a large western fire, be aware that temperature ranges could very well be in the low 30s at night...and range up into the 80's during daylight hours. Much depends on your elevation.
Invest in good boots, bring extra socks, extra canteens or a hydration system. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!
Keep your feet dry...and take care of your equipment. You're going to depend on it for the duration of your assignment.
Bring a disposable camera or two......you're going to want some photos to show the gang...when you get home!
Pay attention, ask questions, get answers......remember your fire orders and:
Re: Hydate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!!
It's interface training time again, and this one drives me nuts.
Originally posted by NJFFSA16
remember your fire orders
I have yet to find one new volunteer who can remember any of the Ten Standing Fire Orders, The 18 Fire Conditions That Shout Watch Out, or LACES for more than ten minutes after the lesson ends. :rolleyes:
There has got to be a way to simplify that.
In the end I usually fall back to put the wet/brown stuff on the red stuff and don't get burnt. It usually begins to really sink in sometime during the second or third year. :)