Did you know 2011 was one of the worst Wildland Fire seasons on record?
According to the USA’s National Interagency Fire Center, more than 8.7 million acres burned last year. This is the third most in 50+ years. And, incidentally, the two worse years occurred recently – in 2006 and 2007 (over 9 million acres burned each year).
We don’t know how many acres will burn this year, but we certainly know a Wildland Fire season is coming.
So preparation is important, especially in Wildland Firefighting. It includes continuing education, skills training and strategic acquisition of wildland firefighting equipment, from fire-proof work gloves to hard hats.
Continuing education should occur in the classroom and in the field. Principles learned formally should also be tested in real-case scenarios. Skills training brings firefighters both the physical and mental instincts to make increasingly better decisions.
And strategic acquisition of wildland firefighting equipment is part of how we help firefighters do their job safely. We know a Wildland Fire season is coming. Start preparing now!