Challenges ranging from tightening budgets, rising call volumes, and personnel and equipment shortages require us to do more with less.
- What strategic and/or tactical changes have you made when faced with reduced manpower (volunteer or career)?
- What tactical changes are necessary when operating at a residential fire with lightweight construction, floor, and roof?
- Have you used or considered a transitional fire attack?
Results from Last Issue
In our last issue, you watched the wildfire video pictured here, and we asked you some questions. Here’s a summary of responses:
- What programs do you use to promote community solutions to prevent or reduce the impact of wildland-urban interface fires?
- We use a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
- We use a mapping program to develop a base map of the community and adjacent landscapes of interest.
- We determine fuel hazards using existing computer programs.
- We plan to develop a community risk reduction program.
- We use the Ready, Set, Go! Program.
- What proactive steps can you take to become a Fire Adapted Community?
- Use the Ready, Set, Go! Program.
- Have strong codes and ordinances.
- Develop cooperative fire agreements.
- Conduct fire department training.
- Carry out prevention education.
- How important is it to match the type of fire to the tactical plan?
All who responded said it was very important because it:
- determines how to attack the fire (for example, direct, parallel, and so forth)
- helps establish future control action
- determines the type of control line
- clarifies organization and command structure