National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Take 5@2 PPE

Firefighter Health First-Aid
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
Apr 2021


Graphic depicting the time it takes for burn injury to occur.  One kilowatt on beach, no clouds, five hours.  Five to seven kilowatts, time to a second-degree burn. Five seconds to burn bare skin. Twenty seconds to burn one layer of nomex. Thirty-five seconds to burn one layer of nomex, and one layer of cotton.


We strongly recommend the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The “Take 5@2” safety messages are a cooperative project of 6 Minutes for Safety, the Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR), NIFC External Affairs, the NWCG Leadership Committee, the NWCG Risk Management Committee, and the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.


Additional Resources

Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
10 Standard Firefighting Orders, PMS 110 
18 Watch Out Situations, PMS 118
10 & 18 Poster, PMS 110-18
NWCG Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center


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