National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)

Man Against Fire

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This module looks at how an incident commander takes over operations of a large fire. It describes what they are thinking, how they are communicating with others, and their suppression tactics, along with periodic fire updates.
Category: Operations
Core Component(s): Other Hazards & Safety Issues
Estimated Delivery Time: 1 hour; Video Length: 28:13



Identify firefighting techniques, technologies, and safety practices from the 1969 training video that are similar and/or different than today. Examine the leader’s role within the fire organization.

Facilitator Preparation

Facilitating the Discussion

  • Show the video.
  • Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the activity and discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  1. In the video, the attitude is that fire is “bad” or “evil”.  Is this still the public perception today?
  2. Can you identify any advancements in fire science or research that have been made since the video was produced in 1969?
  3. How have firefighting tactics and/or strategies changed since 1969?
  4. How have equipment and safety practices changed since 1969?
  5. How has terminology changed since 1969?
  6. What elements of Operational Leadership (see IRPG) did you see?
  7. Were all Communication Responsibilities (see IRPG) being met?
  8. Did the leaders provide Leader’s Intent (see IRPG) with their briefings?


Additional Video Information

This video is also available as a download. (Size 56 MB)​

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Download the .srt file for closed captioning (you may need to right click and Save As). For information on how to add closed captioning to a video, see this how to page.


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