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Title

Fire behavior as it relates to firefighter safety: seven key points for discussion
Document Type: Electronic Article
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 2003

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Keyword(s):
burnover; fire behavior prediction; fire environment; firefighter safety; insect and disease hazard; trigger points
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Record Last Modified: March 27, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 10979

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This is a revised version of a paper presented for discussion during breakout sessions of the 2003 International Wildland Fire Safety Summit. These seven key points are in no particular order. Key Point #1: The International Association of Wildland Fire needs to consider broadening the 'agenda' of the International Wildland Fire Safety Summits to include the public at large. Key Point #2: Our understanding of fire behavior dynamics in insect- and disease-killed forest stands is extremely poor to non-existent. Key Point #3: Avoid placing too much reliance on 'Trigger Points' and continue to stress fire behavior fundamentals and systematically assessing potential fire behavior using existing aids & guides. Key Point #4: The use of experienced judgment in assessing fire behavior needs to be supported by more documentation in the future. Key Point #5: A concerted effort is to needed to bring the fire behavior and human behavior specialists together in order to improve wildland fire safety in the future. Key Point #6: Initial attack dispatch guidelines should reflect the current state-of-knowledge concerning fire behavior and firefighting resource productivity/effectiveness. Postscript - Key Point #7: We need to be cognizant that fatalities can and do occur on prescribed fires.

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Alexander, M. E. 2003. Fire behavior as it relates to firefighter safety: seven key points for discussion. Based on a revised paper presented at the 7th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit, November 18-20, 2003, Toronto, Ontario.