Firefighter safety zones: how big is big enough?
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Bret W. Butler; Jack D. Cohen
Publication Year: 1998

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  • fire safety
  • net radiant energy transfer
  • safety zone
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All wildland firefighters working on or near the fireline must be able to identify a safety zone. Furthermore, they need to know how 'big' is 'big enough.' Beighley (1995) defined a safety zone as 'an area distinguished by characteristics that provide freedom from danger, risk, or injury.' The National Wildfire Coordinating Group proposed that a safety zone be defined as 'a preplanned area of sufficient size and suitable location that is expected to prevent injury to fire personnel from known hazards without using fire shelters.'

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Butler, Bret W.; Cohen, Jack D. 1998. Firefighter safety zones: how big is big enough? Fire Management Notes 58(1):13-16.