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Safety in Wildland Fire Suppression Operations. Dick Mangan International Association of Wildland Fire & Blackbull Wildfire Services Missoula, Montana USA. 4 th International Wildland Fire Conference. Seville, Spain 17 May 2007. Wildfire Suppression:. A High Risk Endeavor.

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safety in wildland fire suppression operations

Safety in Wildland Fire Suppression Operations

Dick Mangan

International Association of Wildland Fire

&

Blackbull Wildfire Services

Missoula, Montana USA

wildfire suppression

Wildfire Suppression:

A High Risk Endeavor

death injury on the fireline
Death & Injury on the Fireline
  • “Hero” Attitude
  • Situational Awareness
  • Social and Political Expectations
  • Wildland-Urban Interface
some additional factors
Some Additional Factors
  • Global warming effect on fuels;
  • Inadequate training/equipment/leadership;
  • Communications capabilities;
  • Vehicle operations;
  • Incomplete weather and fire behavior;
  • Physical fitness issues.
challenges for the world s wildfire community
Challenges for the World’s Wildfire Community
  • Quantify causes of death & injuries;
  • Develop investigation protocols;
  • Conduct on-going trend analyses;
  • Open international channels for information sharing and lessons learned.
improving firefighter safety in the 21 st century
Improving Firefighter Safety in the 21st Century
  • Adequacy of training at all levels;
  • Personal Protective Equipment;
  • Lessons Learned;
  • Safety Officer positions;
  • Individual Responsibility and Accountability.
international association of wildland fire iawf
International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF)
  • “….. Providing leadership and facilitating communications in the wildland fire community.”
iawf fire safety initiative

IAWF Fire Safety Initiative

To record, document and analyze wildland fire serious injuries and deaths world-wide.

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IAWF Fire Safety Initiative
  • IAWF will create and maintain a fatality and serious injury database
  • Quarterly and annual reports analyzing data;
  • Reports to the world’s wildfire community.
to minimize mitigate risks
To Minimize &Mitigate Risks
  • Identify risks and hazards;
  • Share information and trends;
  • Change practices and mitigate risks.
muchas gracias

Muchas Gracias!

… and be safe on the fireline!