Travel rates of Alberta wildland firefighters using escape routes
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander; Gregory J. Baxter; Gary R. Dakin
Editor(s): Bret W. Butler; Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 2005

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  • Canada
  • CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System
  • escape routes
  • fire protection
  • fire safety
  • fire spread
  • fire suppression
  • firefighters
  • International
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This paper summarizes the results of a recently completed project on 'Travel Rates of Ground Crews over Escape Routes' undertaken in 2001-2003 by the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada in the province of Alberta. Travel rates of four different types of wildland firefighters were determined by recording the time taken to cover a 250 m run or course. Six different fuel type/slope cases were examined with and without carrying pack/tool on both improved and unimproved routes. Travel rates are presented here in English or Imperial units-i.e., feet per minute (ft/min) and chains per hour (ch/hr)-for the benefit of possible American users of the information.

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Alexander, Martin E.; Baxter, G.J.; Dakin, G.R. 2005. Travel rates of Alberta wildland firefighters using escape routes. In: Butler, Bret W.; Alexander, Martin E. (editors). Proceedings of Eighth International Wildland Fire Safety Summit: Human Factors-Ten Years Later, Apr 26-28, 2005. Hot Springs, SD: International Association of Wildland Fire. 12 p.